Tulsi Gabbard enters the presidential race

luc

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Ha, that should be fun! From CNN:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Friday she will run for president in 2020.

"I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," the Hawaii Democrat told CNN's Van Jones during an interview slated to air at 7 p.m. Saturday on CNN's "The Van Jones Show."

Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, currently serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She is the first American Samoan and the first Hindu member of Congress.

"There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision. 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 said, listing health care access, criminal justice reform and climate change as key platform issues.

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

Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and is now a top aide to Gabbard, will be the campaign manager, Batrice says.
In 2015, Gabbard, then a vice-chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was sharply critical of its then-chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for scheduling just six presidential debates during the 2016 primary election cycle. She later resigned her post as DNC vice chair to become one of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' highest-profile supporters, aligning herself with his populist economic message.

Gabbard has staked out anti-interventionist foreign policy positions in Congress. Her 2017 meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad drew widespread criticism. "Initially, I hadn't planned on meeting him," Gabbard told CNN's Jake Tapper in January of 2017. "When the opportunity arose to meet with him, I did so because I felt it's important that if we profess to truly care about the Syrian people, about their suffering, then we've got to be able to meet with anyone that we need to if there is a possibility that we could achieve peace, and that's exactly what we talked about."

Gabbard joins a quickly growing field of Democrats eager to take on President Donald Trump for the presidency.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced on New Year's Eve that she was forming an exploratory committee for a presidential run. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro also formed an exploratory committee and is expected to announce his 2020 plans Saturday.
A number of other potential Democratic candidates, including heavyweights like former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, are currently weighing whether to run for president and are expected to announce their decision soon.
I don't think for a second that they will let her win the primaries, but who knows these days? Her candidacy is hilarious on many levels - for starters, she checks all the diversity boxes (first woman, first Hindu, from Hawaii...); good luck libtards calling her names! She's also a real Iraq veteran - even libtards don't dare bashing those in public, and conservatives might like it too.

Imagine she wins the primaries and runs against Trump - in that situation, all the Trump Derangement Syndrome would backfire BIG time for the deep state and might put an anti-interventionalist, anti-Swamp candidate into office, but this time from the left!! Imagine a TV debate between Trump and her - that would be something! But even if she doesn't win the primaries (likely), people can't ignore her as a serious contender, including her sensible positions on many issues.

Personally, I think she has her blind spots (climate change, a little too much on the socialist end for my taste etc.), but she's a good soul and represents everything that is good about what used to be the left. Here's her interview with Joe Rogan - watched it a while ago, really worthwhile. I think she's strong, intelligent, courageous, yet also feminine, compassionate and "traditional" in a sense, which makes her a great female role model - interesting given all those Gender wars and so on:

 

Turgon

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Good news! Although luc, I agree and am pessimistic of her winning the primaries. Nonetheless, out of all the US politicians that I know of, she actually seems to have some good principles, good values, and doesn't seem driven or has fallen under the sway of identity politics.
 

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She's going to be torn to shreds in the media from now until November 2020. I hope she's up for it.
Yes definitely. They're already at it:

Establishment politicians from both Right and Left unite in panic to smear Tulsi Gabbard for entering 2020 presidential race

I find that quite interesting that she’s running. Shades of Trump in a way, although she seems a lot more aware of how things operate. Although if by some miracle she did win, we’d probably see the same thing – that she will try improve things but the wars and imperialists machinations of how the US operates won’t altogether change that much. Trump started off with a lot of good intentions too but most of them have been effectively neutralized. It seems that a full collapse of the structure needs to happen before things can actually change, like what happened in Russia.

It is nice that for once the establishment has to deal with 2 candidates they don’t like and it seems like she’s not making nice with the Israeli lobby. And that’s a sure fire way to not get elected and prob partly why Trump is even still around – my guess is the Israelis don’t mind him so much because he gives them what they want.

So while I also am willing to bet that she's not going to get too far, a lot can happen in the next 2 years so ya never know! Of course, the establishment will probably be better prepared this time around, as I think they will pull out all the stops that the "Trump" thing doesn't happen again. She's an outsider too; in the sense that she displays common sense and seems to be grounded in a traditional moral sense. The silver lining is that in the process, they'll further expose "the man behind the curtain".
 

axj

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It does take nerves of steel for a normal person to run and deal with all the psychopaths in politics and the media. She is a vet, so that may be helpful - both as a psychological preparation and to increase her chances in the campaign.

I also think that running right now may be too early for her. The Democratic party needs to fall apart more first so that she has a real chance. But even if she doesn't succeed this time, she can run again when the conditions are better.
 

Alejo

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Hi everyone,

Ever since her announcement and the backlash from some on her own party, I have been curious to see what she had to say and what kind of person she actually was. From the little I had read I was actually quite impressed with the fact that she had such guts to pronounce herself against things like a perpetual war in the Middle East.

I wasn't aware that she had an interview with Joe Rogan in which she actually discussed her views to a greater degree than what is available elsewhere. So I looked it up and watched it and I have to say that she sounds rather sane, human and decent. She seems very articulate and like she has spent time thinking about certain issues, not very confrontational but I don't get the sense that she's not a pushover either.

Now, I'm also aware that the chances that she'll make it to the Oval Office are rather slim. I think Trump took the establishment by surprise, but because of that they may be prepared to stop her sooner than later. But who knows?

There's a few articles posted on SOTT here:

Why this Iraq war vet has created panic within the Democratic Party
The war-crazy left's big problem with Tulsi Gabbard

And I wanted to share the interview with all of you and see what you guys think about it. For your consideration:

 

Niall

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She's 37 years old! But wiser than most politicians I suppose.

By the way, about 17 minutes into that interview, Rogan opines that the US is in the state it's in because "there must be way more sociopaths out there than '1 in 100'," before suggesting it's as high as 10%.

ADDED: Ugh, he's still pretty dumb though. Believes the 'Russia-hacked-our-elections' BS
 
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I watched the Rogan podcast when it aired, knowing nothing about Gabbard at that point. She certainly comes across well, and I think she would make a decent candidate to run, but will she get the support from the Dem establishment? I'm doubtful...
 
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