Seth Moulton is not the only military veteran running for President of the United States in 2020. Tulsi Gabbard, a representative in the US House for the state of Hawaii served in the National Guard in combat in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. At the time her team was called to deploy, Tulsi was running for reelection after serving two years as the youngest congressperson in Hawaii’s history at the age of 21. She could have requested to stay, but chose to serve alongside her fellow teammates.
She came back working as a legislative aid to a Senator for Hawaii for few years. Then in 2012 Tulsi ran for one of Hawaii’s seats on the US House of Representatives and won in 2012. While serving a member of Congress she has served on the Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Foreign Affairs Committees. She announced her candidacy for President of the United States in January.
Tulsi has already received more than 65,000 individual donations, allowing her to be part of the first Democratic debates. Her first official campaign commercial for president speaks to the need to focus on people and get out of these endless wars. She’s spoken in support of gay marriage despite her parents being very vocally against it. An uncommon word in politics comes up a lot in her campaigns: Love. She has a strong belief in the universality of love and the power of love to create change. Her campaign material is very upbeat given the current political climate and I think that makes her a bit of a refreshing candidate.
– Jack Cameron
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