NewsNation | January 24, 2013
>>> welcome back. time now for the news nation gut check. following breaking news this hour. history, in fact. the pentagon is lifting the ban on women serving in combat. joining me now, congresswoman and veteran, tammy duckworth of illinois, one of the first female combat vets elected to congress. thank you for your time and your service. you're all smiles so you're quite pleased with the announcement today.
>> i am very pleased. women have been serving in combat, especially in iraq and afghanistan for the last ten years. so i see this as just a formality in lifting the restrictions so women finally serve on equal footing. they have been doing the job. they haven't been getting credit for it so it's about time.
>> it is interesting. i saw you featured in the "nightly news" piece last night and you said you didn't get the injuries in a bar fight as you explained it when asked about women in combat .
>> right. i actually, you know, would have people come up to me and say, do you think women should serve in combat? i wear a combat action badge on my uniform. that's given only for combat action. and i just, you know, i usually joke and say, i got it in a bar fight . you should see the other chick. but, you know -- but the reality is women are serving, dying, being wounded in combat and this -- lifting this restriction will allow them to do this formally and rise through the ranks. we don't have very female generals and it's because of the restriction so this is a great day for our military women .
>> congresswoman, thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate your candor and the humor. the line of the day. you should see the other chick. thank you so much for your time. great pleasure. so what does your gut tell you? you heard from congresswoman duckworth. do you agree with the decision to allow women to fight in combat roles? cast that big vote.