- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has served two Middle East tours.
- She is currently serving in the Hawaii National Guard.
- Gabbard is not concerned with how her active duty will affect her 2020 campaign.
HONOLULU – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will take a two-week break to serve with the Hawaii National Guard.
Rep. Gabbard and the Hawaii National Guard are heading to Indonesia. There, the National Guard will take part in joint training programs with the Indonesian military. This is not the first time that Rep. Gabbard will report for duty. She had two different tours in the Middle East and one in Kuwait between the years of 2004 and 2009.
But the difference now is that Rep. Gabbard is currently running for President. What does this mean for her campaign trail? During this two-week period, Rep. Gabbard will be off the 2020 campaign trail. Advisors asked her to find a way out of active duty so she can keep campaigning. But Rep. Gabbard is not interested in getting out of active duty.
“I love our country. I love being able to serve our country in so many ways, including as a soldier,” said Rep. Gabbard in a Tweet.
Active duty is not the only way Rep. Gabbard has served the country. She is currently a three-term member of the House of Representatives from Hawaii. Now Rep. Gabbard is hoping to become President of the United States to serve the country. Rep. Gabbard believes that her military experience will make her a good commander in chief. Her foreign policy ideas are based on ending wasteful wars.
But Rep. Gabbard getting to that point is a completely different issue. Right now, Bovada has Rep. Gabbard at +2500 odds of winning the Democratic nomination. Rep. Gabbard also has +4000 odds of winning the US Presidential elections outright. There is also the fact that she has not qualified for the September debates either. Although Rep. Gabbard loves serving her country, serving active duty could negatively affect her election odds.