WASHINGTON: US congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard dropped out of the Democratic presidential nomination race on Thursday and instantly endorsed rival Joe Biden as flag bearer heading into the November election in opposition to President Donald Trump.
“Today, I’m suspending my presidential campaign and offering my full support to vice president Joe Biden in his quest to bring our country together,” the lawmaker from Hawaii mentioned in an internet video message.
“Although I may not agree with the vice president on every issue, I know that he has a good heart, and he is motivated by his love for our country and the American people.”
Her transfer leaves frontrunner Biden and leftist Senator Bernie Sanders as the ultimate two candidates within the Democratic race.
Gabbard’s endorsement comes as considerably of a shock, provided that she was a fierce supporter of Sanders in 2016 and helps his Medicare for All plan for a authorities well being system to cowl each American.
However Sanders is beneath mounting strain to drop out after performing poorly in a number of current primaries together with three states swept by Biden this week.
“After Tuesday’s election, it’s clear that Democratic primary voters have chosen vice president Joe Biden to be the person who will take on President Trump in the general election,” Gabbard mentioned.
“I’m confident that he will lead our country, guided by the spirit of ‘aloha,’ respect and compassion, and thus help heal the divisiveness that has been tearing our country apart.”
Gabbard, 38, was by no means a severe issue within the nomination battle. However she made the talk stage a couple of instances in 2019 and used the alternatives to focus on what she described as extreme US army engagement overseas.
And, working a shoestring marketing campaign that counted on volunteers and centered on a handful of states, she outlasted the 5 different girls within the traditionally numerous 2020 area.
Gabbard famous she was dropping out throughout a time of “unprecedented global crisis,” and known as for People to “work hand in hand to defeat this new enemy, the coronavirus.”
Gabbard has served excursions in Iraq in 2004 and Kuwait in 2008 as a reservist in Hawaii’s Military Nationwide Guard. Final August she paused her presidential marketing campaign for reservist coaching.
Revealed in Daybreak, March 20th, 2020