Tulsi gave a response to calls for her to endorse Clinton,I haven’t officially endorsed Hillary Clinton I only said that now Clinton is presumptive nominee and that I will vote for Hillary if the choice is between Trump and Clinton!The media is trying to twist my words. I have only officially endorsed Bernie Sanders.Tulsi then gave her opinion to Clinton’s campaign by saying : I didn’t “understand” why Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gave former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz a role on her campaign following the email hack and ensuing scandal.
Gabbard said she had several reasons for hesitating to back Clinton, but her biggest reason was Clinton’s penchant for getting involved in unnecessary wars.
“I’m not prepared to do that. There are a number of issues that I am concerned about and I look forward to discussing with you again in the future. There are a lot of things I’m looking at. In particular, these issues that [Clinton] has not moved on at all in this campaign, which is this commitment to continue this interventionist regime change policy in Syria that is proving so disastrous.”
Gabbard’s criticism of Clinton’s foreign policy of regime change could also be applied to other countries the United States has involved itself in, namely Honduras. In 2009, a U.S.-backed coup d’êtat overthrew a democratically elected president and ushered in an era of incredible human rights violations, including the murder of leading Indigenous activist Berta Caceras.
Gabbard has been a stalwart supporter for Bernie Sanders, who has long been critical of the superdelegate system. Superdelegates are normally neutral until the Democratic Party conventions, however, this year more than 400 of them had voiced support for Clinton before she had even announced her candidacy. Sanders has consistently criticized this practice throughout his campaign, particularly on Twitter and during his stump speeches.
“We must get rid of superdelegates. The fact that we had 400 superdelegates pledged eight months before the first ballot was cast is absurd.”
Gabbard herself has followed Sanders’ lead and recently called for the Democratic Party to ban the use of superdelegates in the primary races. On June 11, she posted a petition on her Facebook page criticizing the practice of allowing unelected party officials and lobbyists have sway in who the Democratic nominee will be.
“Whether you area Bernie Sanders supporter or a Hillary Clinton supporter, we should all agree that unelected party officials and lobbyists should not have a say in who the presidential nominee of our party is. That should be left to the voters.”
Gabbard is an Iraq War veteran and is still a Major in the Hawaii Army National Guard. According to her official website, Gabbard served two tours of duty in the Middle East in the early 2000s and again volunteered for deployment in 2009. Unlike Clinton, Gabbard has seen the effects of unnecessary wars as a member of a field medical unit.
She currently serves on several House committees and caucuses, including the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, The House Committee on Armed Forces, Congressional Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus, and the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus to name a few.
Gabbard’s experience in foreign wars and affairs make her a valuable voice of reason and one which Clinton should listen to. However, Clinton does not seem inclined to listen to her or to change any of her existing platform ideals.
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