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Tulsi Gabbard

Biography

  • Iraqi War veteran
  • Representative from Hawaii's second district
  • Only racial minority running as candidate for Democratic nomination

Signature policies

Campaign Finance Reform

  • Limit donations and increase transparency around donations
  • Enforce and prosecute violations of campaign laws
  • Empower voters’ influence through a matching program where small donations are matched by government funds
  • Sponsored campaign finance bill in the House

DOMESTIC POLICY

Health Care

  • Invest more into old age, survivors, and disability insurance
  • Supports Medicare for All (nationalized single-payer healthcare system)
  • Co-sponsored Medicare for All bill in 2019

Gun Control

  • Does not support a total ban
  • Seeks to be bipartisan in this area and favor laws that both sides can agree are reasonable to enact

Positions abroad

Immigration

  • Co-sponsored H.R. 392 Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, which would remove the country-based quotas for green cards and ensure all immigrants are treated equally regardless of country of origin
  • In support of a “merit-based” system
  • Favors an asylum process balanced with border security

Foreign Policy

  • Believes too much money is wasted in war; U.S. should not be a world police officer
  • Wants to summit with Russia and China to decrease nuclear tensions

Controversies

  • Believes Syrian chemical weapons attacks were faked by Assad's enemies to draw the U.S. further into the Syrian Civil War
  • Hillary Clinton suggested that Gabbard could be groomed as a Russian asset to run as a third-party candidate
  • Voted "present" during House impeachment inquiry for Trump

Source: tulsi2020.com, Politico, CNN

Photo credits: Tulsi Gabbard/Gage Skidmore/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0; Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard speaking at the People's Rally, Washington DC/Lorie Shaull/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0;

Credits:

"Tulsi Gabbard" by Gage Skidmore at https://www.flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/48541492046 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0