Politically speaking, when you think about Hawaii not much comes to mind. The state does not make headlines very often, where as states like Arizona and California seem to be stuck there permanently. With the 2020 election coming up, however, that is all about to change.
With her official announcement stating that she would be running for president in 2020, Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, didn’t surprise us too much. She had been hinting at it for a while, inching a bit closer to a serious commitment each time she spoke about it. Finally on January 11th of this year she made it official, giving hope to women, democrats, and moderates everywhere.
Now the question is, would she make a good president, and why?
When looking at her record, it’s far from spotless depending on how you look at it. The good news is that it’s not tainted with scandal as much as it is with unsettling political stances. The one thing everyone seems to point to right away is her oddly cozy relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which was made apparent after she met with him during a trip to Syria in January 2017. In addition she blames America’s “counterproductive regime-change war” in Syria as one of the main causes for the Syrian refugee crisis instead of the more obvious source: the Syrian Regime itself. A bold and unpopular statement indeed.
But Gabbard’s Syrian-friendly stance is not the only thing that will cause problems for her in the 2020 election. Her uncertain stance on torture and flip-flop views on liberal issues like abortion and same-sex marriage will definitely come back to haunt her. In fact, they might go as far to be what prevents her from even making it passed the DNC’s nomination process. Unless she finds a way to prove she is sincere about her new liberal beliefs vs her older conservative ones she is not going to garnish the support she needs to attract the far-left votes she will need to clinch the nomination. If she does, however, her previous conservative stances might actually help her when running for the presidency itself since she will no longer have to appeal to liberal extremes and might need a more moderate approach.
One thing is for sure; she will be walking on eggshells no mater which way she tries to lean. The American Centrist will be keeping an eye on the Hawaiian rep as she continues on her campaign. Stay tuned!
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