Tulsi Gabbard 2020 presidential campaign

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Campaign2020 United States presidential election (Democratic Party primaries)
CandidateTulsi Gabbard
U.S. Representative (2013–present)
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives (2002–2004)
AffiliationDemocratic Party
StatusAnnounced: January 11, 2019
Formal launch: February 2, 2019
HeadquartersKapolei, Hawaii
Key peopleRania Batrice (campaign manager)[1]
Erika Tsuji (spokesperson)[1]
SloganLead with Love[2]

The 2020 presidential campaign of Tulsi Gabbard, the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district, began on January 11, 2019.[3] Gabbard was the third office-holding Democrat to formally announce a campaign in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, following Maryland Rep. John Delaney and West Virginia State Sen. Richard Ojeda.[4]

Gabbard campaigning in New Hampshire in February 2019


Gabbard had been a rising figure in the Democratic Party in the lead-up to the 2016 election cycle, when she served as Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). She was outspoken in her critique of the committee's decision to only hold six primary debates for the primaries and specifically criticized DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She endorsed U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in the primary.[5]

On October 19, 2018, Politico reported that Gabbard was "weighing a 2020 presidential bid" but would not make an announcement until after the 2018 midterm elections.[6] On December 12, 2018, Gabbard said on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews that she was "seriously considering" running for president in 2020.[7]



Gabbard confirmed her intention to seek the Democratic presidential nomination on January 11, 2019, in an interview with CNN's Van Jones.[3] On January 24, she formally launched her campaign by releasing a video on her website.[8] She held a kickoff rally in Hawaii on February 2.[9]

Shortly after the announcement, campaign manager Rania Batrice and the consulting firm Revolution Messaging departed from the campaign. Politico described the campaign as "beset by turmoil", while sources close to Gabbard referred to her as "indecisive and impulsive".[1] Gabbard's staff scrambled to quickly prepare basic elements of a campaign, such as the campaign website website.[10][11]


In the first quarter of 2019, the campaign raised $4,495,770, with 56 percent coming from PACs and political committees.[12] The campaign has met both of the DNC's qualifying criteria for participating in debates.[13] Gabbard has scheduled a June fundraiser with Wall Street executives.[14]


National polling trend for Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard, along with every other candidate except Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, has polled in single digits in national polls. Gabbard has polled at 1 percent in several major polls.[15][16][14]

Allegations of Russian support[edit]

According to an NBC News article, Gabbard's campaign has received support from Russian interests. Internet experts found that websites connected with the Russian government, such as RT, Sputnik News and Russia Insider, had posted 20 or more stories with favorable coverage of Gabbard.[17] An article in The Daily Beast reported that the campaign had received contributions from individuals allegedly sympathetic to Russia and Vladimir Putin, including Stephen F. Cohen and a former RT employee.[18] Journalists Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald were critical of the allegations, describing them as part of a smear campaign against Gabbard.[19][20] Gabbard dismissed the allegations as "fake news".[21][22]



Gabbard supports the federal legalization of recreational cannabis. She introduced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019 bill in the U.S. House of Representative with Congressman Don Young. If passed, the bill would take marijuana off of the federal controlled substances list.[23][24][25] Gabbard also supports the decriminalization of sex work.[26][27]


Gabbard supports increasing the hourly minimum wage to $15.[28][29]


Gabbard supports making community college tuition-free for all Americans while making all four-year colleges tuition-free for students with an annual family income of $125,000 or less (funded by a new tax on financial transactions). She backed Senator Bernie Sanders's proposal to cut or eliminate higher education tuition for most Americans.[30]

Foreign policy[edit]

Gabbard is a frequent critic of American foreign policy, especially with regards to Iraq, Syria, and Libya.[31] Gabbard has generally advocated for a non-interventionist stance towards foreign affairs; for example, she opposes the removal of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, whom she met with in 2017, from power.[32] Gabbard strongly opposes what she refers to as "regime change wars", but does not oppose wars that involve the United States defending itself against another country.[33] In 2017, Gabbard proposed the Stop Arming Terrorists Act to prohibit the use of United States government funds to provide assistance to al-Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, and ISIL and to groups affiliated or cooperating with those organizations.[34][35] She strongly opposes the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.[36]


Gabbard supports universal health care[37][29] and has co-sponsored legislation for a system that would be operated by the government, and paid for in part by increasing taxes on the wealthy and taxing financial transactions.[30] She has also called for allowing the government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to lower prescription drug prices as part of her platform.[38][non-primary source needed]



  1. ^ a b c Strauss, Daniel; Thompson, Alex (January 29, 2019). "Tulsi Gabbard campaign in disarray". Politico.
  2. ^ DeRensis, Hunter (January 14, 2019). "Are the Democrats ready for Tulsi Gabbard?". The National Interest. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Kelly, Caroline. "Rep. Gabbard says she will run for president in 2020". CNN. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Sommerfeldt, Chris (January 12, 2019). "Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu and American Samoan member of Congress, says she'll run for president in 2020". Boston Herald. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Alcindor, Yamiche (February 28, 2016). "Tulsi Gabbard, Rising Democratic Star, Endorses Bernie Sanders". The New York Times. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Thompson, Alex (October 19, 2018). "Tulsi Gabbard weighing 2020 presidential bid". POLITICO. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  7. ^ MSNBC, Tulsi Gabbard: "I'm Seriously Considering" Running For President | Hardball | MSNBC, retrieved December 17, 2018
  8. ^ McAvoy, Audrey (January 24, 2019). "Hawaii's Gabbard formally launches campaign for president". Associated Press. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Bowden, John. "Tulsi Gabbard officially launches 2020 campaign". The Hill. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Nguyen, Tina (January 30, 2019). "Tulsi Gabbard's 2020 Campaign is Already in Trouble". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  11. ^ Casiano, Louis (January 29, 2019). "Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign in trouble just days after launch: report". Fox. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  12. ^ McMinn, Sean; Hurt, Alyson (April 16, 2019). "Tracking The Money Race Behind The Presidential Campaign". NPR. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  13. ^ Strauss, Daniel; Montellaro, Zach (May 24, 2019). "Jay Inslee hits 65,000-donor threshold to make the Democratic debates". Politico. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  14. ^ a b Gasparino, Charles; Moynihan, Lydia (May 24, 2019). "Biden, Buttigieg, Gabbard hit Wall Street for money despite class warfare rhetoric". Fox Business. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  15. ^ Blair, Chad (May 22, 2019). "Gabbard Continues To Poll Poorly In Presidential Field". Honolulu Civil Beat. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  16. ^ "2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination". RealClear Politics. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  17. ^ Windrem, Robert; Popken, Ben (February 2, 2019). "Russia's propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard". NBC News. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  18. ^ Markay, Lachlan; Stein, Sam (May 17, 2019). "Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists". The Daily Beast. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  19. ^ Matt Taibbi (May 21, 2019). "We've Hit a New Low in Campaign Hit Pieces". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  20. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (February 3, 2019). "NBC News, to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard, Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data for the Democratic Party". The Intercept. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  21. ^ Beavers, David (May 19, 2019). "Gabbard calls unflattering report 'fake news'". Politico. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  22. ^ Zilbermints, Regina (May 19, 2019). "Gabbard says claim her campaign is getting boost from Putin apologists is 'fake news'". The Hill. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  23. ^ Dickson, Ej (March 7, 2019). "House Bill Introduced to Remove Marijuana from List of Controlled Substances". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  24. ^ Bowden, John (April 20, 2019). "Tulsi Gabbard fundraises off 4/20: 'Appalls me' that feds consider marijuana illegal". The Hill. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  25. ^ Mills Rodrigo, Chris (March 7, 2019). "Tulsi Gabbard, Don Young introduce marijuana reform bill". The Hill.
  26. ^ Holden, Dominic (March 7, 2019). "A Democratic Presidential Candidate Says Sex Work Should Be Legal". Buzzfeed News.
  27. ^ Chávez, Aída (March 29, 2019). "The Decriminalization Of Sex Work Is Edging Into The 2020 Campaign". The Intercept. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  28. ^ "Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Facebook: Raise the Wage Act". Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  29. ^ a b Tan, Anjelica (November 12, 2017). "Tulsi Gabbard is no snowflake". TheHill. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  30. ^ a b "What does Tulsi Gabbard believe? Where the candidate stands on 7 issues". PBS NewsHour. January 14, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  31. ^ "The 'war on terror'". votetulsi.com. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  32. ^ Haltiwanger, John (February 6, 2019). "Tulsi Gabbard doubles-down on opposition to US intervention in Syria, says Syrian president and accused war criminal Assad is not America's 'enemy'". Business Insider. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  33. ^ Oren Smith, Zachary (February 12, 2019). "2020 presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard calls for end to 'regime-change' wars'". Iowa City Press-Citizen. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  34. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (November 6, 2017). "What Does Tulsi Gabbard Believe?". New Yorker. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  35. ^ "Behind Tulsi Gabbard's 'Stop Arming Terrorists' bill". Fox News. January 13, 2017.
  36. ^ @TulsiGabbard (February 15, 2019). "I'm running for President to end our regime change wars, work to end new Cold War, & walk us back from the abyss of nuclear war. We face greater risk of nuclear catastrophe now more than ever. I'm introducing a bill to stop Trump from scrapping INF treaty & sparking new arms race" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  37. ^ "TULSI 2020: Tulsi Gabbard Presidential Campaign, The ALOHA Launch - FULL SPEECH". February 3, 2019 – via YouTube.
  38. ^ "Universal Healthcare | Tulsi Gabbard - Fighting for the people". www.votetulsi.com. Retrieved January 22, 2019.

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