8:47 p.m. ET | Tammy Duckworth: “President Obama pushed for fairness in the military, listening to commanders as we ended ‘don't ask, don't tell’ and on how to allow women to officially serve in more combat jobs — don’t you think it’s time that we stopped being surprised that our American daughters are just as capable of defending liberty as her sons?”
“Barack Obama will never ignore our troops. He will fight for them. That's why he is my choice on November 6,” Duckworth said.
8:43 p.m. ET | Duckworth: “Dad's work took us all over the world until he lost his job. It was a tough time. We used up our savings, moved into a studio apartment. But our family did the responsible thing and rolled up our sleeves. Mom took in sewing. My 55-year-old dad tried to find work. But at 15, I was the only one with a job—after school, for minimum wage. Thank God for the food stamps, public education and Pell grants that helped me finish high school and college.”
8:37 p.m. ET | Keenan: “We are ready to work hard, work together to re-elect President Barack Obama. We must do it because women deserve to make their own choices and determine the course of their lives. Don't assume that every voter knows what Barack Obama has done for the women in this country -- and don't assume they know the truth about Mitt Romney.
8:25 p.m. ET | Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America: “We cannot trust Mitt Romney to respect our rights. He would overturn Roe v. Wade and sign into law a wave of outrageous restrictions on a woman's ability to make decisions about her pregnancy. Mitt Romney would take away our power to make decisions about our lives and our futures. But there's one decision he cannot take away—and that's the one women will make on November 6.”
8:32 p.m. ET | “And I can tell you that (Obama) cares deeply about the next generation of young women in this country — his daughters, and everyone's daughters. President Obama had the courage to stand with Sandra Fluke. Without hesitation, he defended her right to tell her story. Shields and Brooks discuss Fluke comments:
8:30 p.m. ET | Keenan: “I am proud to say that the Democratic Party believes that women have the right to choose a safe, legal abortion with dignity and privacy... We believe that rape is rape... And we believe that there's no place in that room for politicians—especially politicians who don't know how women's bodies work.”
5:43 p.m. ET | The
AP reports the national debt passed the $16 trillion mark -- more than
$50,000 worth of debt for every man, woman and child in the United
States. According to the article: “The
spiraling debt means that lawmakers and whomever wins the White House
in November will have to pass legislation to raise the government's
borrowing cap from the current ceiling of $16.4 trillion. Passing such
legislation last year proved enormously difficult and the nation's
credit rating suffered.”