By Mason Masotta and Justine Walsh
Local families and students gathered in Samuel Reed Hall on Sunday, January 26th to see Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard speak. Gabbard is currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, and also serves as a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. She was elected into Congress in 2012, and is the first Hindu member of Congress and the first Samoan-American voting member.
Gabbard expressed to the crowd how important it is to her to go the traditional route, by visiting local businesses, talking with the locals, and getting a sense of what it is like for people living in each town she visits. She mentioned how most candidates take the national approach, which is not as important to her as taking the ‘grass roots, person to person’ route.
Gabbard expressed to the crowd how important it is to her to go the traditional route, by visiting local businesses, talking with the locals, and getting a sense of what it is like for people living in each town she visits.
When being questioned by the press on this matter, she expressed again how important it is to her to go the traditional route. “What I’ve shared with them is how much it means to me, to be able to not only share a room like this with you to share my message, and the kind of leadership that I seek to bring, but through these conversations, through spending time with them going down Main Street, going shop to shop, I get to listen. I get to better understand the thoughts, concerns, challenges, hopes, opportunities, dreams of people in towns just like yours.”
Towards the end of her speech, microphones were handed out to people in the crowd to ask questions. The Clock’s Managing Editor, Mason Masotta, was able to ask the following question of Representative Gabbard regarding bipartisanship in 2020:
“Vice President Biden has expressed a belief that since the election of President Trump, the Republican Party has dramatically changed, insinuating his presence in office has heavily divided the party and the country. There is an opinion that once Donald Trump is no longer president that the Republican Party will just snap back to a more cooperative group. Do you share in this opinion and do you believe Republicans representatives will be more open to cooperation should you be elected this coming year?”
In response, Gabbard said, “I don’t agree with his assessment. I don’t think that there’s any magical snapbacks that will occur. I think that this President has had a device of impact on the country. But I think like the Democratic Party, the Republican Party is also very diverse and what we’ve seen in Washington, and I’ve seen it myself with some of my Republican colleagues, some of whom disagree with some of the actions this President is taking, are afraid to say so publicly, because there is a concern that they will lose power.”
Soon, New Hampshire residents will have their chance to vote. On February 11th, New Hampshire shall host the first Democratic Primary. In order to further educate themselves on Tulsi’s competition and fellow Democratic nominees, the NH Democratic Primary debates will be held on February 7th and televised with seven candidates represented: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Andrew Yang, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Pete Buttigieg.