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    2 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) to run for president

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...nt-run-1098629

    Tulsi Gabbard to run for president

    By DANIEL STRAUSS
    01/11/2019 06:40 PM EST
    Updated 01/11/2019 06:59 PM EST

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Friday that she is running for president.

    “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” she said during an interview on CNN's "The Van Jones Show."

    Gabbard, a 37-year old combat veteran, has done little to hide her presidential ambitions. She recently made stops in both Iowa and New Hampshire and looked into hiring digital staff and speechwriters. She has also authored a memoir set to be released in May.

    Late Friday, in a fundraising email, Gabbard said the reason she was running "has to do with an issue that is central to the rest — war and peace."

    She also cited healthcare, immigration reform, clean water and air, criminal justice and special interest influence in Washington.

    The Hawaii Democrat's entrance into the presidential primary field comes before an expected wave of similar announcements from higher profile candidates.

    A recent Democracy for America survey of the liberal group's members found that about 2 percent said Gabbard should run, behind better known potential 2020 contenders like Sen. Bernie Sanders or former Vice President Joe Biden.

    Within her party, the three-term congresswoman is viewed as a maverick with a penchant for bucking party orthodoxy. During the 2016 presidential election, Gabbard stepped down from her post as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee so she could endorse Sanders, making her one of the few House Democrats to back the Vermont senator over Hillary Clinton during the primary. She has since been associated with the Sanders movement — in her 2018 reelection campaign, she was endorsed by the Sanders-aligned Our Revolution outside group.

    Former Massachusetts Sen. Paul G. Kirk, who was a Sanders surrogate alongside Gabbard in 2016, said it’s likely several candidates who backed Sanders in 2016 will join the field.

    "From my point of view her running has less to do than who she supported in 2016 than how she feels about the country and what direction and vision she has and how she can make a difference," Kirk said. Kirk added that he would be surprised if "there aren't others who may have supported Sanders that think they have a pretty good opportunity."

    During the presidential transition period in 2016, the Hawaii Democrat met with then-President-elect Donald Trump, drawing condemnation from fellow Democrats. She also received widespread criticism in 2017 for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

    "There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision,” Gabbard told Jones. “There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve." She pointed to access to health care, criminal justice reform and climate change.

    "There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace," she said. "I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement."

    Gabbard will join a field that already includes former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who will be in New Hampshire this weekend, announced on New Year’s Eve the formation of a presidential exploratory committee. Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, has also formed an exploratory committee. He has an event scheduled for Saturday in his hometown, where he is expected to formally announce his candidacy.
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    We need twenty people to run for 2020.

    Just as the stupid party did for the last POTUS election, let's watch them spend a year tearing each other apart and then use the sound clips of criticism against them.

    Let the hypocrisy roll.
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    It will be interesting to see what platform survives the winnowing.

    Will it be a democratic socialist or an outright communist on the ticket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dstraito View Post
    We need twenty people to run for 2020.

    Just as the stupid party did for the last POTUS election, let's watch them spend a year tearing each other apart and then use the sound clips of criticism against them.

    Let the hypocrisy roll.
    I agree.
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    With her announcement, there are now 43 dems either declared or strongly considering running. Only 7 more to get to platoon strength.

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    I've been seeing some stuff about Tulsi Gabbard, she reminds me of an old blue dog dem.

    I think she'll appeal to the undecided moderates who might be liberal at heart but aren't full blown commies.

    Of course the far left could Sarah Palin her if she gets too popular.

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    She would be the dangerous one to DJT. *I* wonder which party she's running in.....
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    Ya

    She's someone the left could hold their nose and vote for, someone the undecideds would vote for with glee, and someone the never Trumper's could hold their nose and vote for also.

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    I agree, she's dangerous.
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    Romney is dangerous
    Harry Reid is going to run Romney against Trump in 2020 to pull a Ross Peroit and dilute the votes

    As for voting for a woman ....
    I would never vote for any woman if I have a choice. Hillary and her Purple Revenge Revolution was enough to cure anyone with eyes open to see

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    Harry Reid is going to run Romney against Trump in 2020 to pull a Ross Peroit and dilute the votes

    Votes aren’t “diluted” in the primaries, which is what you’re talking about. If you’re actually referring to the general, Mittens would have to run as an independent, which won’t happen. The man is hated by too many people. Further, he was just elected to the senate as an R, and if he runs, he’d have to give up that seat after only about a year. That would also permanently terminate his association with the RNC.

    No, he might run in the primaries, but that’s it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millwright View Post
    It will be interesting to see what platform survives the winnowing.

    Will it be a democratic socialist or an outright communist on the ticket?
    To me, the only difference between the two is how fast they would move to try to kill their opposition, or in another word, Us.

    If any of the current crop of so called democrats win the Presidency in 2020, hell will come with them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KFhunter View Post
    I've been seeing some stuff about Tulsi Gabbard, she reminds me of an old blue dog dem.

    I think she'll appeal to the undecided moderates who might be liberal at heart but aren't full blown commies.

    Of course the far left could Sarah Palin her if she gets too popular.
    I agree. Her recent move to denounce Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono for their anti-Catholic litmus test for that federal court nominee was excellent. It signals moderates that she's not a far left bigot.

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    It also indicates that there’s not a chance in hell that she could take the nomination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    It also indicates that there’s not a chance in hell that she could take the nomination.
    AYUP

    They have decided to go full Marx.

    I don't know if Soros will pivot their strategy before the primaries are finished.
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