Hawaii Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D) officially joined the race for for president on Saturday afternoon at a rally in her home state hosted weeks after she announced her campaign on CNN.
Gabbard took aim at America’s foreign policy establishment in her campaign announcement Saturday, blaming politicians in “ivory towers” for U.S. involvement in costly armed conflicts abroad.
“We must stand against powerful politicians from both parties who sit in ivory towers thinking up new wars to wage & new places for people to die. Wasting trillions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives, undermining our economy and security, and destroying our middle class,” Gabbard said during her address.
“These powerful politicians dishonor the sacrifices made by every one of our service members, and their families — they are the ones who pay the price for these wars,” she added.
The Hawaii lawmaker pointed to her service in the state’s Army National Guard as a reason for her desire to seek public office.
“It is this principle of service above self that is at the heart of every soldier,” Gabbard told a cheering crowd. “At the heart of every service number. And it is in this spirit, that today I announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: It is this principle of service above self, that is at the heart of every soldier. At the heart of every service number. And it is in this spirit, that today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America. https://t.co/WPNhZYVLD6 pic.twitter.com/qyZzOK7Izm
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 2, 2019
Gabbard’s announcement last month during an interview with CNN’s Van Jones placed her in the middle of a crowded and growing field of Democratic candidates vying for the party’s nomination, a list which includes Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (D-N.Y.).
She faces an uphill battle against candidates with established support from other members of Congress, some of whom have already expressed skepticism toward Gabbard’s presidential ambitions.
Gabbard has particularly faced criticism for her involvement with her father’s opposition to LGBT rights and her previous meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases GOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe Federal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members MORE (D-Hawaii), the state’s senior senator, appeared to dismiss the prospect of supporting Gabbard’s candidacy during an MSNBC interview, telling an interviewer that she would be “looking for someone who has a long record of supporting progressive goals.”
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