Sen. Tammy Duckworth is ready to step up to fight climate change
The senator who is facing tough re-election fights in Iowa and South Dakota is preparing to take a leading role in the fight against climate change.
Senator Tammy Duckett announced Friday that she is stepping up to take the lead on a bipartisan plan to address the problem, saying she believes the U.S. needs to lead the world.
“I want to be a leader in protecting our planet and the livelihoods of working families,” she said in a statement.
“Our nation faces a global challenge and it requires leadership from all across the aisle to tackle it.”
Duckett has been a strong critic of President Donald Trump, saying the GOP presidential nominee and his supporters have turned away from the issues of climate change and national security.
But the Democratic senator has had her share of setbacks, with her party losing the 2018 midterm elections in the Deep South and losing the 2016 election to a Republican.
The statement from the Duckett campaign comes as Duckett and her husband, former President Donald J. Trump, have been embroiled in controversy over their travel and business dealings.
Ducketts decision to take on climate change will be a major turning point in the 2020 race, as Democrats look to try to keep their seats in the Senate and regain control of the chamber for the first time since 1994.
Dunn is up against incumbent Sen. Joni Ernst in the state’s second district.