Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced on Thursday that she will not be seeking reelection to her congressional seat, opting instead to focus on her presidential campaign.
The Daily Wire has more details:
“Today I’m officially announcing that I will not be seeking reelection to Congress in 2020. Throughout my life, I’ve always made my decisions based on where I felt I could do the most good,” Gabbard said in a series of tweets. “In light of the challenges we face, I believe I can best serve the people of Hawai’i [and] our country as President and Commander-in-Chief.”Advertisement - story continues below
Gabbard was first elected to serve as the representative to Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012 after winning more than 80% of the vote. She was the first Samoan-American and first Hindu member of Congress, and has since held the seat for three more terms.
Today I’m officially announcing that I will not be seeking reelection to Congress in 2020. Throughout my life, I’ve always made my decisions based on where I felt I could do the most good. In light of the challenges we face, I believe I can … pic.twitter.com/F0StYoA66n
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) October 25, 2019
Gabbard is currently a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Committee on Financial Services.
The Hawaiian continued on in the video saying, “As president, I will immediately begin work to end the new cold war [and] nuclear arms race, end our interventionist foreign policy of trying being the world’s police, toppling dictators and governments we don’t like, but instead redirect our precious resources towards serving the needs of the people here at home. I humbly ask for your support for my candidacy for President of the United States.”
Gabbard has a lot of competition in the Democratic presidential candidate race, facing off against 17 other major candidates for the nomination. Her campaign has been receiving a whole lot of renewed attention and vigor after a battle with former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Clinton suggested that Gabbard was a Russian asset being groomed to run as a third-party candidate. The comments received some pretty harsh backlash, particularly from Gabbard herself who went on the offensive against Clinton, referring to her as the “queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party.”