Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) formally kicked off her marketing campaign for president on Saturday.
In a speech in Oahu, Gabbard, 37, confused classes she discovered whereas serving in her state’s Nationwide Guard.
“After we elevate our proper hand and volunteer to serve, we put aside our personal pursuits to serve our nation, to combat for all Individuals. We function one, indivisible, united, unbreakable ― united by this bond of affection for one another and love for our nation,” she mentioned. “It’s on this spirit that right now I announce my candidacy for president of america of America.”
The four-term congresswoman took intention at U.S. interventionism, slamming officers who have interaction in armed conflicts at nice prices whereas treating troops “as political pawns and mercenaries for rent in wars all over the world.”
“We should get up… towards highly effective politicians from each events who sit in ivory towers pondering up new wars to wage [and] new locations for individuals to die,” mentioned Gabbard, who served in Iraq.
Different coverage positions that the White Home hopeful mentioned included Medicare for all, felony justice reform, environmental advocacy and the necessity t fight privateness infringement by huge tech corporations.
Gabbard first confirmed her plans to run final month in an interview with CNN commentator Van Jones. The sudden reveal reportedly got here as a shock to her political crew, sending it speeding to agency up her marketing campaign’s infrastructure, together with its web site and publicity.
In her dialogue with Jones, Gabbard pointed to “the difficulty of battle and peace” as a main motivation behind her resolution to run.
HuffPost reported final week that the lawmaker took greater than $100,000 in marketing campaign donations from arms sellers together with BAE Methods, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon from 2012 to 2016, primarily based on knowledge from the Middle for Responsive Politics.
Within the spring of 2017, Gabbard mentioned she had stopped accepting protection business cash.
The already crowded discipline of contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination contains Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.), in addition to Obama administration Housing and City Growth Secretary Julián Castro. Others who could enter the race embody former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).