Rep. Gabbard to Miss Campaign Trail For National Guard Duty


Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, who serves in Hawaii’s national guard, will miss time on the campaign trail as she reports for active duty on Monday to participate in a two-week joint training exercise mission in Indonesia, Politico reported.

The three-term congresswoman told CBS News that “We’ll be doing a training exercise with the Indonesian military, focused on… counter-terrorism, humanitarian aid and disaster response.”

Gabbard said that “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.”

She emphasized that “I love our country. I love being able to serve our country in so many ways including as a soldier.”

Gabbard served two tours in the Middle East with the Hawaii Army National Guard — in Iraq from 2004-2005 and in Kuwait from 2008-2009, according to Politico. She is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and was previously in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The congresswoman has made her military experience a central part of her presidential campaign, stressing her qualifications to become commander-in-chief and criticizing “regime change wars” and “the gunboat diplomacy of the past.”

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