It’s hard to believe, but the Democratic Presidential Primary debate hosted on CNN — in the middle of a pandemic and an economic panic — was more boring than you could have imagined. Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernard Sanders debated for two hours on a wide range of issues but failed to keep the attention of a substantial portion of the audience.
Worried that neither career politician has the precision of mind to effectively manage the federal government, Democrats are increasingly looking to the only female candidate left in the race: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.
Gabbard is a veteran who served multiple tours of duty in Iraq, and serves in the Hawaii Army National Guard as a Major. She was elected in 2012 to represent Hawaii’s second district. She is the first Hindu member of Congress and the first Samoan-American voting member of Congress.
In 2002, Gabbard was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives. Gabbard served in a field medical unit of the Hawaii Army National Guard in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and was deployed to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009 as an Army Military Police platoon leader. She was a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2013 to 2016, when she resigned to endorse Sanders for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
Gabbard supports a ‘Medicare-for-All’ health care plan she calls ‘Single-Payer Plus’ and strengthening Roe v. Wade by codifying it into federal law. She co-sponsored legislation for paid family and medical leave and has endorsed universal basic income.
Gabbard opposes military interventionism and has called herself a “hawk” on terrorism. Her decision to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and her skeptical approach to claims that he had used chemical weapons was controversial.