- At the start of the night, Senator Kamala Harris had odds of +225 while Representative Tulsi Gabbard has odds of +4,000 to win the Democratic nomination.
- Harris has been leading in the polls for some time now.
- Gabbard is not on the bottom of the polls, however, she needs to move up in them to advance.
DETROIT – The second night of the second Democratic primary debate lead to Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Senator Kamala Harris pointing fingers at one another. It was clear Gabbard had an agenda for her time on stage; publicly trying to hurt the image of the Democratic candidate with the best odds of winning thus far. Gabbard put Harris’ prosecutorial record under the microscope for all of America to see.
What Records Revealed
Sen. Kamala Harris has been advocating against all of the issues that she herself took part in as a prosecutor of California. Throughout her campaign, she has said that if elected President, she would be a prosecutor President. Every issue that needs to be reformed would be fixed the way a prosecutor would go about cases.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii pulled Harris’ records and revealed that while she’s been telling the public one thing, in another part of her life she lived the opposite. Expressing concern over what she found she summarized it for the stage.
“She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the court’s forced her to do so,” said Gabbard. “She kept people in prisons beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California. She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”
Gabbard made sure to highlight further on the injustices Harris committed while practicing law in California. She ended her notes by shaming Harris for not doing her job as she should have. Rather than help the people of California, she hurt them.
“When you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people’s lives you did not,” said Gabbard. “And worse — in the case of those on death row — innocent people? You actually blocked evidence that would have freed them. You owe them an apology.”
After Gabbard finished reading from her notes, Harris was given a turn to defend herself and her record. She lightly jabbed Gabbard by saying that her job as a prosecutor in California required actual work and not just giving fancy speeches to the people. She revealed that she was proud of her career which she devoted to changing the system in her state.
She also went after veteran Gabbard who has spoken about her passion for foreign policies. She voluntarily enlisted in the Army National Guard. Gabbard served a year in Iraq as a specialist in the medical unit in 2004.
In 2017, Gabbard met with Syrian President Bashar al Assad. She did not once refer to him as a war criminal the way others have. Harris played that angle to her advantage during her rebuttal.
“Listen, this is coming from someone who has been an apologist for an individual, Assad, who has murdered the people of his country like cockroaches,” said Harris. “I can only take what she says and her opinion so seriously, and so I’m prepared to move on.”
Gabbard made some serious strides with her attack on Harris. Her election odds could go up after the events of last night. She may have also knocked Harris down a few notches in the polls. Despite everything that happened, Harris says her position at the top makes her a target for “people at zero or 1 percent.”