Tulsi Gabbard launches presidential campaign

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has entered the Democratic presidential nomination race, hoping to earn the right to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Gabbard delivered a speech at an event on the great lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.

Gabbard’s announcement was carried live via Internet but most major corporate-owned media outlets ignored her campaign kickoff, in stark contrast to the coverage of Wall Street favorites in the presidential contest.

After making headlines in 2016 by quitting a leadership post at the Democratic National Committee over allocating advantages in presidential debates to Hillary Clinton, Gabbard then endorsed Bernie Sanders for the 2016 nomination, becoming one of the few members of Congress to do so.

She remains popular with progressives but has become a target for criticism and is routinely denied the kind of media exposure given to candidates such as Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.

Most main stream media reports about her candidacy have recirculated old news about actions and opinions that

Gabbard, was born in American Samoa, growing up in Hawaii, where she was elected to the State Legislature in 2002 at the age of 21, and volunteered to be deployed for two tours of duty in the Middle East as a member of the Hawaii National Guard.

As a teenager, Gabbard co-founded an environmental non-profit called Healthy Hawai’i Coalition, focused on educating children about protecting Hawaii’s environment. 

She returned to Iraq in 2009, after working three year on the staff of Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka.  In 2010, Gabbard returned to elected office as a member of the Hawaii City Council and in 2012, she won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

An advocate for environmental policy, Tulsi was elected to the Hawaii State Legislature in 2002 when she was just 21 years old, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state.

A year later, she joined the Army National Guard and in 2004, she volunteered to be the first state official to voluntarily step down from public office to serve in a war zone.

Gabbard’s 2005 deployment was a 12-month tour in Iraq, where she served in a field medical unit as a specialist with a 29th Support Battalion medical company and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

In between her two tours, Gabbard served in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide to Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), where she advised him on energy independence, homeland security, the environment, and veteran issues.

While working for Akaka in 2007, Gabbard graduated from the Accelerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy, where she was the first woman to finish as the distinguished honor graduate in the Academy’s 50-year history.

Gabbard was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and again assigned to the 29th Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the Hawaii Army National Guard—this time to serve as the Military Police Platoon Leader, and she continues her service as a Major in the Army National Guard.  

She is one of the first two female combat veterans to ever serve in the U.S. Congress, and also its first Hindu member.  Gabbard comes from a multicultural, multi-religious family and she was the first Hindu elected to Congress.  

Now in her fourth term in Congress, Gabbard says she brings with her a broad range of real world experience, a storehouse of personal strength, and tested leadership.

As she works on the challenges that face our country, Gabbard said she remains focused on bringing her pragmatic approach to working in a collaborative, bipartisan fashion to find real solutions that best serve the people.

Gabbard serves on the House Armed Services Committee where she is a strong advocate for veterans, our service members, and making smart strategic decisions that best secure our nation.

Gabbard also serves on the House Financial Services Committee, where she fights for the nation’s financial, banking, and housing policies to serve the American poeople — not Wall Street and special interests.

Other Democratic candidates in the race includes former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, US Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, US Sen. Kamala Harris of California, US Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Nominating contests begin in February 2020, for the Democratic candidates seeking delegates who will select a nominee at the party’s convention, which is scheduled from July 13–16, 2020.

The nominee will likely face Republican President Donald Trump in November’s general election.

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