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Congresswoman Gabbard Officially Declares 2020 Candidacy
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=44229"><span class="small">James Oliphant, Reuters</span></a>   
Sunday, 03 February 2019 14:57

Oliphant writes: "U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran who at times has had a spiky relationship with the Democratic Party, on Saturday added another liberal voice to a burgeoning field of candidates seeking the party's 2020 presidential nomination."

Tulsi Gabbard. (photo: Reuters)
Tulsi Gabbard. (photo: Reuters)

Congresswoman Gabbard Officially Declares 2020 Candidacy

By James Oliphant, Reuters

03 February 19


.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran who at times has had a spiky relationship with the Democratic Party, on Saturday added another liberal voice to a burgeoning field of candidates seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

Gabbard, 37, officially launched her candidacy in Hawaii, where she has served as a congresswoman since 2013. A Samoan-American, she was the first Hindu elected to Congress.

She told the crowd gathered she was running against “powerful, self-serving politicians and greedy corporations,” and vowed to restore “dignity, honor and respect to the presidency.”

“Join me in putting this spirit of service above self at the forefront and stand up against the forces of greed and corruption,” she said.

Gabbard made headlines in 2016 by quitting a leadership post at the Democratic National Committee over the party’s decision to limit the number of debates between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, a move analysts said helped Clinton.

She then endorsed Sanders for president, becoming one of the few members of Congress to do so. She remains popular with some progressives but will have serious competition on that front with candidates such as Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren in the presidential field.

Gabbard has consistently opposed U.S. intervention in Syria, going as far as to secretly meet with Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, in January 2017, sparking fierce criticism from some in her own party. She opposes removing Assad from power.

Gabbard has not been a factor in early 2020 opinion polls, and her nascent campaign already has shown signs of trouble.

Politico reported this week that her campaign manager Rania Batrice was set to depart in the coming days after weeks of disarray.

Gabbard’s campaign on Friday confirmed the departure but said Batrice would remain an adviser to Gabbard. 

Gabbard also was forced to apologize for her past opposition to same-sex marriage, which she now supports, and has been engaged in a public feud with Hawaii’s popular Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono over a federal judicial nominee.

Democratic nominating contests begin in February 2020. The candidate who amasses the majority of delegates will be nominated at the party’s convention in the summer and will likely face Republican President Donald Trump in November’s general election.

Gabbard served in Iraq and Kuwait in a Hawaii National Guard field medical unit, experiences she said helped inform her non-interventionist foreign policy views. She has made veterans issues a priority while in Congress.

In 2017 she expressed skepticism over the Trump administration’s conclusion that Assad’s government was behind a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens in Syria. Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean called Gabbard’s views “a disgrace” and said she was unfit to be in Congress.

Last November, she blasted Trump for not taking a harder stance toward Saudi Arabia following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

She also slammed the administration for supporting Saudi Arabia in its conflict with Yemen.

In 2015, she parted with many Democrats by criticizing then-President Barack Obama for refusing to use the term “Islamic extremism” to describe members of Islamic State and other militant groups.

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+4 # mashiguo 2019-02-03 19:08
Harris is not a progressive. She is Hillary #2. Warren talks big and carries a popsicle stick. She has done nothing.

So far as I know she is the first candidate to be outspokenly against the endless stream of mass-murders our Military has been committed to in losing wars since WW II.

There is no competition.
+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-02-04 07:42
Here's Glen Greenwald in his very good article on Tulsi Gabbard --

"NBC News published a predictably viral story Friday, claiming that “experts who track websites and social media linked to Russia have seen stirrings of a possible campaign of support for Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.

But the whole story was a sham: the only “experts” cited by NBC in support of its key claim was the firm, New Knowledge, that just got caught by the New York Times fabricating Russian troll accounts on behalf of the Democratic Party in the Alabama Senate race to manufacture false accusations that the Kremlin was interfering in that election.

To justify its claim that Tulsi Gabbard is the Kremlin’s candidate, NBC stated: “analysts at New Knowledge, the company the Senate Intelligence Committee used to track Russian activities in the 2016 election, told NBC News they’ve spotted ‘chatter’ related to Gabbard in anonymous online message boards, including those known for fomenting right-wing troll campaigns.”


Why is it that any presidential candidate that criticizes the permanent war and wants better relations with Russia is immediately destroyed by the major media?

What is clear is that the major media is worse now than it was in 2016. Comey-Muellerga te has achieved its main goal -- the further degradation of US news media. It is now all Fake News All the Time -- FNAT, short.

We will be awash in FNAT before this presidential race comes to an end.
+3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-02-05 07:58
So far, Tulsi Gabbard is by far the most interesting of all democratic presidential hopefuls. She's more progressive than Sanders and Warren. And she seems a lot smarter about the issues facing the US right now. She has done the research necessary to understand the issues and to form a good position on them. She does not seem to be under the thumb of the NYT and Wapo like so many east coast politicians.

Gabbard won't be elected. She's too young and does not have any national recognition. There are powerful forces arrayed against her as in the usual major media dismissal of any "true" progressives.

What Gabbard will bring to the campaign is a level of discussion on important foreign policy subject that just would not be present without her. She will force honesty on Syria, Iraq, Venezuela, and all other foreign policy problems.

She might link up with Sanders. After all, she resigned as vice-chair of the DNC over its treatment of Sanders and she endorsed him over Hillary. A Sanders + Gabbard ticket would be about as good as the democratic party could do. It would beat Trump in a second.
+1 # kcmwilson 2019-02-06 00:59
I doubt if anyone in the current candidate group can out debate Tulsi. She has too much going for her...two term combat vet, incredibly photogenic, quick witted, fearless, willing to compromise, willing to get down and dirty, unflinchingly honest and strong. A woman, a worker the first Hindu in congress and will blow them all away...Bernie could be her VP...k