Politiwatch: TDR 2020 Coverage- Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

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Basic Information:

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Age: 38

Announced January 11, 2019

Occupations: 2013- present: U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District

2003- Present: Company Commander, Hawaii Army National Guard

2010-2012: Honolulu City Council

2009 : Graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree

Gabbard is the first Samoan and Hindu elected to Congress, sparking a new generation in Congress.

Party Affiliation: Democratic Party

Motto: Lead with Love

(Source: Campaign)

Accomplishments as a Representative:  

  • 2013-2014: Gabbard proposed Helping Heroes Fly Act (H.R. 1344); whereas it benefit severely wounded veterans and other victims to be sensitive in public, especially at the airports; the bill was passed then signed into law by Obama.

  • 2015-2016: Along with other colleagues, Gabbard announced a bill to award Filipino and Filipino American veterans who entered into battle in World War II with the Congressional Gold Medal; the bill was passed then signed into law by Obama. 

  • Second, Gabbard veiled Talia’s Law, whereas it strongly prevent child abuse and neglect on all military bases; the bill was passed then signed into law by Obama as well. 

  • 2017-2018: Gabbard announced several bills, but failed to make visible support for passing; therefore she put them aside at the moment.


  • May 7, 2019: Gabbard sent a fundraising email out that criticized media coverage of her campaign. The email said Gabbard was “taking on the chickenhawks in both parties, the corporate media and the military industrial complex who drive us into war for their own power and profit.”

  • May 6, 2019: Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Gabbard was the best Democratic candidate running. "If we had to pick one of them to be our president, I think she would be giving us the best chance as for bringing about peace,” Paul said.

  • May 2, 2019: Gabbard posted a Facebook video criticizing the media coverage of Trump’s military policy. “Trump never gets positive media unless he's threatening war/carrying out military action. Today, Venezuela. Tomorrow, Iran? Cuba? Who will be next? No wonder North Korea won't give up their nukes,” Gabbard wrote.

  • May 1, 2019: During an interview on Fox News, Gabbard discussed the crisis in Venezuela. She said the U.S. should work with Russia and other countries to find a diplomatic solution.

  • April 22, 2019: Gabbard said that she did not support impeaching Trump and that she would prefer to focus on defeating him at the ballot.

(Source: Gabbard)

Presidential Standings:

Position on Disability Rights

Gabbard is a supporter of the People with Disabilities. As a congresswoman, she voted against the H.R. 620, which is a bill would destabilize the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) due to the fact she knows that there is 15% of the Hawaii population who is disabled- Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, people with intellectual disabilities, people with difficult mobility, and PTSD veterans. Gabbard yet has to announce the support for the people with disabilities into her presidential campaign.

(Source: People with Disabilities)

Position on Women’s Rights

Prior to her start in political world, Gabbard was anti-abortion. After serving two tours in the MIddle East, Gabbard stated that she realized alot of things surrounding herself and other women, sparking her support for abortion rights for all women. Gabbard is campaigning that she would want equal pay and reproductive rights.

(Source: Women's Rights; Women's Rights II)

Position on LGBT Rights

Prior to 2004, Gabbard did not recognize the value of supporting civil unions for the LGBT community in Hawaii whereas the Hawaii LGBT Caucus rejected support for her. After Gabbard served her time in the Middle East, she recognized that the LGBT community is just the same people as she met some in the armed forces. Gabbard changed her political views, whereas she is campaigning to remove all discriminations against the LGBT community- in the public AND the armed forces.

(Source: LGBT)