On Monday, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (shown above right) announced she will be taking a two-week break from her presidential campaign so she can report for active duty with the Hawaiian Army National Guard.
“I’m stepping off the campaign trail for a couple of weeks and putting on my Army uniform to go on a joint training exercise mission in Indonesia,” Gabbard told CBSN’s Caitlin Huey-Burns in an interview.
“I will be doing a training exercise with the Indonesian military, focused on a few different things like counterterrorism, humanitarian aid, and disaster response,” she continued.
“And joining my brothers and sisters from the Hawaii National Guard in doing so.”
— The Hill (@thehill) August 12, 2019
Gabbard said her supporters had urged her to find a way to avoid pausing her campaign, but she says she’s looking forward to serving before returning to political life.
“I love our country. I love being able to serve our country in so many ways, including as a soldier,” Gabbard said.
“I’m not really thinking about how this will impact my campaign.”
“So, while some people are telling me, like, ‘Gosh, this is a terrible time to leave the campaign, can’t you find a way out of it,’ you know, that’s not what this is about.”
“I’m not really thinking about how this will impact my campaign,” Gabbard continued. “I’m looking forward to being able to fulfill my service and my responsibility.”
Gabbard said she knows the deadline to qualify for the next primary debate is soon and she hasn’t met the thresholds for inclusion, but said that “there’s a lot” that’s out of her control.
As Tulsi Gabbard leaves the campaign trail for 2 weeks to report for active duty, here she is talking about personal experiences of people she’s served alongside… pic.twitter.com/Mn2Fp1Thfa
— Don (@soxinabox21) August 12, 2019
Gabbard has met her donor mark of 130,000 individual donors, but she still needs to register at least 2 percent or higher in recognized polls.
“I’ll be paying attention to obviously what’s going on, and watching the news, and keeping up on things, but I will be stepping away from the campaign and relying on my campaign team …