Obama radio spot for Duckworth: ‘Right person’ for his old seat

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President Barack Obama waves to the crowd with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, D-IL, during a Coordinated Victory Fund Event in Chicago, Illinois, October 9, 2016. | Getty Images

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama taped an issue-oriented radio spot for Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth where he touts her as a “leader who will never stop fighting for us.”

Obama does not mention Republican Sen. Mark Kirk in the ad, where he says Duckworth “is the right person to fill my old Senate seat.”

Obama, who has known Duckworth for years, headlined a fundraiser for her on Chicago’s South Side earlier this month.

The Obama ads in the initial buy, the campaign said, are targeting stations with African-American audiences: WBGX, WGCI, WGRB, WPWX, WSRB, WVAZ and WVON.

Here is the script for the spot:

President Obama: This is Barack Obama. I wanted to take a minute to tell you why I believe so strongly that Tammy Duckworth is the right person to fill my old Senate seat. Tammy knows what’s important to our families. That’s because she’s walked in our shoes. Her father worked in a factory, so Tammy has a real plan to help rebuild American manufacturing by rewarding companies that create jobs here. Tammy worked her way through college with the help of Pell Grants and student loans, so she hasn’t just embraced my plan for free community college in the future, she wants to allow students to refinance their loans to make college more affordable now. And she is the only candidate to offer a genuine criminal justice reform plan to make sure the system works for everyone. It matters who we choose to represent us in Washington. So join me. Vote for Tammy Duckworth, a terrific leader who will never stop fighting for all of us.

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