2020 candidate profile: Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard ran in the Democratic primary for president.


UPDATE: Tulsi Gabbard dropped out of the 2020 presidential race on March, 19 2020.

Tulsi Gabbard is a congresswoman from Hawaii who is currently in her fourth term. Gabbard has served two tours in the Middle East.

She is currently a major in the Army National Guard and one of the youngest candidates vying for the democratic nomination.

  • Birthplace: Tutuila, American Samoa
  • Birthdate: April 12, 1981
  • Offices held:
    • Hawaii’s 2nd district in U.S. House of Representatives, 2013-present
    • Honolulu City County, 2011-2012
    • Hawaii House of Representatives, 2002-2004


Health care

  • “If you look at other countries in the world who have universal health care, every one of them has some form of a role for private insurance.”
  • “No one should be forced to choose between putting food on the table and paying for life-saving medication. But that’s exactly what’s happening to millions of Americans as a result of Big Pharma’s chokehold on Medicare. They’ve managed to buy access into Congress, barring the government from negotiating cheaper prices for consumers, so they can continue to price-gouge those trying to buy life-saving medication and rake in profits at the expense of the American people.”


  • “Veterans, today, are still treated like a number. Veterans who come home are still facing unemployment and homelessness, even though our veterans are coming home highly trained, highly equipped, leaders, experienced in making decisions in the toughest, most high-pressured environments, assets to any organization or business that chooses to hire them. Let’s recognize that as this country, and make it so that our veterans are the first ones that are hired. They recognize that value, that service.”

Women’s Rights

  • “We must continue to speak up, today and each day, to guarantee equal pay for equal work, protect women's right to choose, and help build a society with the spirit of aloha where people are treated equally as human beings”
  • “It is time that women are given an equal voice in determining our health care options.”

Climate Change

  • “If we in the United States do all that we can right now to address climate change, it will still not be enough. We cannot solve these problems alone. We have to work together.”
  • “As president, I’ll tackle climate change by ending subsidies to big fossil fuel and agribusiness corporations, ban offshore drilling, harness innovation to create jobs in renewable energy, provide better opportunities for our farmers, and ensure every American has clean air and water.”
  • “We need to invest in 100% renewable and safe energy sources like wind, solar, and geothermal. I also support a ban on fracking, ending the $26 billion/year in fossil fuel subsidies, as well as all subsidies or waivers to the nuclear power industry, which should itself be completely responsible for paying for its own insurance and paying the long term cost for safe storage of nuclear waste over centuries.”


  • “We must break up the big banks, reinstate Glass-Steagall, and get our economy back to working for the benefit of all Americans.”

Gun Rights

  • “Both Democrats and Republicans support legislation I have co-sponsored to ban bump stocks. Both Democrats and Republicans support legislation to uphold Second Amendment rights and strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Now is the time for us to come together and to take meaningful action towards responsible, common sense gun safety reform.”

Foreign Policy

  • “As president, I will lead this country to bring about a bold change in our foreign policy that bends the arc of history away from war and towards peace. That stops wasting our resources, and our lives on regime change wars, and redirects our focus and energy towards peace and prosperity for all people. The time is now to give up the gunboat diplomacy of the past, and instead, work out our differences with communication, negotiations, and goodwill.”

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Watch Gabbard answer New Hampshire voter questions face to face in an installment of "Conversation with the Candidate."