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The Hawaii congresswoman and Iraq war veteran is the most anti-interventionist candidate in the race. As president Tulsi Gabbard says she would withdraw from foreign wars and redirect defense spending into domestic programs.

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In announcing her presidential bid Gabbard, declared she would “bring a soldier’s principles to the White House — restoring the values of dignity, honor and respect to the presidency.”

As your commander-in-chief, I will work to end the new cold war, and lead us away from the abyss of a nuclear war that could destroy our world in mere minutes.

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On War: A Soldier’s Principles

At the Democratic Party’s 2019 Hall of Fame event in Des Moines, Iowa, Rep. Gabbard declared that ” I’ll bring a soldier’s principle of service-above-self to the White House, restoring the values of integrity and honor and respect to the presidency…..{…}…As president and commander in chief, I will end our foreign policy of waging wasteful regime-change wars that have taken so many lives, that has cost us trillions of taxpayer dollars and undermined our national security.”

On Syria: ‘Assad Is Not The Enemy of the U.S.’

In an MSNBC interview Gabbard said President “Assad is not the enemy of the United States because Syria does not pose a threat to the United States.”

On Venezuela: Don’t Choose Other Countries’ Leaders

Gabbard has not explicitly stated her position on the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration but she rejected Trump’s recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president.

“The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela,” Gabbard said in a tweet last week after the administration recognized Guaidó. “Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don’t want other countries to choose our leaders―so we have to stop trying to choose theirs.”

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On February 6th, Gabbard signed onto House Resolution 1004: Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act as a co-sponsor.

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In the Eyes of ‘the Blob’ and the Secret Intelligence Agencies:

President Gabbard would constitute a profound challenge even to the policymaking elites, intelligence chiefs, and military leaders most disturbed by Trump. More than any other candidate, with the possible exception of Sanders, she advocates fundamental change in the U.S. government agencies most resistant to outside influence.


Tulsi Gabbard announces her candidacy.

Research: Daniel Ortiz

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