tv Campaign 2020 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Holds Town Hall in Hudson NH CSPAN December 30, 2019 3:46pm-5:17pm EST
and the senate live on c-span2. candidate kelsey gabbard in new hampshire. they hold the first of the nation primary on tuesday, february 11. [applause] >> thank you. for all ofery much you to be here. we are in troubling times. iselieve the united states under stress. than everre important to choose the right person to be in the white house and lead our country in the right way. muchire very representative tulsa gabbard.
i gabbard. she served as a soldier. she is somebody who does not follow the current. she speaks up. she has the strength to do that. strongve she could be a voice. beacon of to become a democracy and decency in the white house. i am very grateful with representative and candidate, tulsa gabbard, to join us here. here toere to welcome be with us today. [applause]
i have been talking and spanish all day. we want to give you this t-shirt. hampshire. [applause] if there is something you do not understand, i can explain it to you later. [laughter] >> thank you very much. can we give alejandra a round of andro a roundalej of applause? [applause] >> thank you for your introduction and leadership here in hudson county. his grace here as well? there you are. sorry i missed you on the way in. nice shirt. we will be matching. thank you both. how many of you were here when
we were supposed to be her last time -- i was sick. this was after the debate right? i had gotten a cough and of you gather. raise your hand if you are here? a couple of you. i skyped in from atlanta i think. thank you for doing that. thanks for being able to continue. thank you for all of you coming out here tonight. i appreciate it. i want to say thanks to our hosts, josh and his dad ray are in the back. thank you for inviting us. and giving us the space together together. [applause] justin who is part of the team. ray, thank you for your service to our country. and the united states navy. we have an incredible group of volunteers here today. there are too many to list by name but i am so proud of the
campaign we have and the people powered campaign we are building. we take no pack money, we take no lobbyist money. we are fueled and moved by our volunteers who are working hard every day. our volunteers, can you raise your hand? there they are. they are gathered in the back working hard. [applause] thank you. i am really, really grateful. it is gathering together in spaces like this with people like you that gave me so much hope. for our future. we are the change. there is a reason why our founding fathers chose those three most important words to begin our constitution -- we the people. for two reasons. we the people would never forget
the responsibility we have to be actively engaged, informed, and involved in democracy. but also so the leaders we choose to elect never forget who they are supposed to be serving. we the people. as we look at the challenges we how, as we talked through we want to solve these problems, i think it is important we stay focused on what this is about. who it is really for. it is for every single one of you. it is about your children. it is about your loved ones, neighbors, community, our country as a whole. ago abrahamars lincoln gave a speech. it was entitled a house divided against itself cannot stand. during that time i was reading about what was surrounding him at the time. many colleagues were telling him
this was controversial, this is not a speech you should deliver. but he delivered it to deliver a warning about how divisive things were then. i think it speaks very loudly and clearly to us as a country. as we look at the challenges we face today. a house divided against itself cannot stand. sadly, this is exactly where we are as a country. our country is deeply divided. whether it be based on partisan lines, one group voting for this party or person, another group for a different party or person. whether it is based on racial, ethnic, religious all of these different things that are using -- are being used to terraces part. division counter to our founders had for our country. as they were working through a
lot of deficient. as they were trying to hero -- he'll this nation and bridge the divide. recognizing as we have different ideas about how to solve problems, come from different places and experiences, our family stories that ultimately we are strong when we stand together. us, are every one of rooted in that foundation of our constitution that served as the bedrock for our country. so that we can remember our objective is the same. we are gathered here as many people are in different parts of the country because we care. we care for each other. we care for our country. we care for the future. our future. not only for the one that lies before us but the one we will leave behind for those who come
after us. it is this focus and care that allows us to see past so much of the divisiveness. instead have the dialogue and conversation built on this foundation of respect that we need to have to solve problems. to work side-by-side. to build this brighter future. ejandro said to make sure our white house can be a beacon of light. opportunity, respect. these things are so important that we cannot take for granted. we are the only ones that can make this happen. where the only ones that can bring about this change. some critics will come to me and
express their cynicism about, is this possible? i spoke to a college student not long ago -- she just graduated. she told me she did not think it was. that the lines are so deeply drawn in the sand of one side against the other that ishington is so divided, it such a hyper partisan environment, she did not see how it was possible. for us to be able to come together again. your after year it just gets worse. who here disagrees? you don't think our country is divided? it is. you agree that we can fix it. you disagree with the college student. [laughter] i was about to try and
understand, where were you living? you are right though. this is a conversation i had. lost alle sad she had hope that we could come together in the future. you are right. this is what i convey to her. one, failure is not an option. this was how abraham lincoln closed that speech. about a house divided against itself cannot stand he said, we shall not fail. firm, we shall not fail. about ise is talking we the people. we are the ones who will bring about this change in selecting who we want to see leading our country. leaders who will put service above self. the interests of the american people and our country above all else.
leaders who will treat each other with respect and inspire this positive change within our country at the highest levels and within our communities. remembering who we all are as americans. what it is that can access. this common ground we stand upon in the united states. where i come from in hawaii we loha.a word, a it is mistakenly understood to mean hello and goodbye. it means neither. someone said, i was in second grade and my teacher told me that word meant hello and goodbye. are you telling me she is wrong? yes, she was wrong. it is a word we use to greet each other in the beginning of conversation and leaving because of its special meaning.
what it means is i come to you with respect. i come to you with an open heart, with care, and compassion. seeing you, see each other for who we are, see each other as brother and sister as family, people who are connected. therefore as we are having our conversation, living our lives and relationships, personally, professionally, that we are able to see past all of these differences that can get in the way of real dialogue and conversation. this is something i have done my best to live by in my own life. to lead with and to bring to washington. a ineed a lot of aloh washington.
something that can and must be applied in a practical way. i would assure you a story of how i did that. asnew going into washington a freshman democrat being a strongn 2012, republican majority in the house of representatives, very partisan environment, and trying to think about how can i practice this aloha in my work? how can i begin to reach out with respect? start to build these relationships necessary for me to do my job. the job i was hired to do by my constituents. to serve them and deliver results for them. easy to turn my back and say the other teams in charge so i will hunker down and hang out with my team. work hard until we get enough seats in congress. then think about how
we can get things done. that probably would have been the easier path to take, but it was not the right path to take, because that's not why i ran for congress and not why people voted for me. they voted for me to do a job, to serve them, to work for them, to be their voice in washington. and so i had an idea in how to begin to do this outreach. i called my mother in hawaii, who makes this incredible macadamia nut toffee. i thought, what better way than speaking through the universal language of food, to be able to open some hearts and begin to establish these relationships. i asked if she could make 434 boxes of her toffee. [laughter] >> no big deal, right? she and my dad celebrated 51 years of marriage yesterday. they raised five kids. it is a rare thing these days. my mom thought it was a great idea. she said, i want to
help. i actually have one more favor to ask. for all of the moms here, you know no matter how old your children get, they are always calling home saying i need some , help. i asked if she would make another 435 boxes of toffee for the staff of every member of congress. again, she's an amazing woman. she paused only to start processing how much longer that would take her, how many more pounds of macadamia nuts she would need, but she understood why it was important. she got to work in hawaii, stirring both pots at the same time. she had my dad assisting her in the job he chose for himself, to be the quality control officer. [laughter] >> supervising, taking a slice out of every pan. not even joking.
while they were doing this in hawaii, i was hand-writing personal notes to every one of my new colleagues. going online, looking up information, seeing what their backgrounds were, getting better informed about who they are and signing everyone of these notes saying, i look forward to serving with you. the incredible thing, as we began to deliver these little gifts of aloha, how quickly i got a response. on the house floor as we were casting votes, the only time all 435 of us are all in the same room at the same time. members of congress i normally would not have the opportunity to work with, chairmen, women of important committees in congress, started to make the long walk from the republican side to the democratic side, finding me and saying thank you. thank you. many of them saying, i ate all the candy, i need more before i
go home this weekend. and most importantly, asking me, tell me what issues your constituents are concerned about, what are things you want to tackle? i am the chair of this or that committee. this is how many years i have been involved in this or that. let's work together. i want to help. that simple gesture of reaching out with aloha, with respect, without preconditions, without purity tests, without picking and choosing, i will talk and work with this person but not that person. reaching out with respect to everyone, focused on this mission that we all share together of service, of putting service above self, putting the interest of the american people
ahead of politics, ahead of profits, ahead of special interests and corporations. putting the well-being of the people of our country first. it was because of this outreach, this laying of a foundation based on respect, that i have been able to be very effective throughout my seven years in congress. at a time of a strong republican majority, i was able to pass legislation, something a lot of people said was impossible, that i shouldn't even waste my time trying to do from the beginning. when introducing amendments to some of the larger bills that get through congress, being told, republicans will never support it, don't even try. and the leadership opposing my my bill or my amendment. it was because of the relationships i had, i had my phone calls returned. when i am texting colleagues to
say, my bill is coming up for a vote, i need your support, they will respond and say, ok, tell me why. instead of just going along with the party line, which is often what happens in washington. if it is a republican bill, republicans vote for it, democrats vote against it. a democratic bill, democrats vote for it, republicans against. that is the norm, rather than every member of congress looking at each piece of legislation and saying, what are the pros and cons, will this help people or hurt people? ng the partyoei line i was able to have these , conversations where my colleagues knew and trusted because of this relationship that i would make my case, but i wasn't trying to screw them over or set them up for failure. not every single one of them came my way, but on many of these cases i was able to , convince enough people, taking -- making the case based on the substance of my legislation, to
support it because it was the right thing to do. this is the leadership that i will bring as your president and commander-in-chief. reaching across the aisle. treating every single american with respect. not seeing one group of americans as part of my team, and the rest as deplorable. seeing every single american, with respect, and bringing about the kind of leadership that puts your well-being and your interest ahead of all else, every single day. as we go on here, we have our volunteers who will pass around some gold-wrapped macadamia nut toffee, my mom's recipe. [laughter] [applause] >> so you can get a little taste of how my colleagues felt, when i first got elected and the
magic of this stuff. it is dangerously addictive. you have been warned. [laughter] >> but this is what we are talking about at a very practical level, and this is what i shared with that college student, how we can and must move forward together. how i will lead as president. not accepting failure as an option. being inspired by the example of abraham lincoln and so many other leaders who have come before us facing very difficult , challenges in divisive times but always leading with love and with care and compassion and putting the well-being and interest of the american people above all else. there's a lot of different issues that we will tackle together. as president, i will take on and hold to account big pharma. those who are perpetrating this opioid epidemic across our country. those who have lied and cheated,
and intentionally deceived people, just to make more money. ruining people's lives. taking people's lives in the process. i have introduced legislation that begins this process, opioid accountability act, that would hold those responsible accountable and take the dollars that would come from these cases and earmark them specifically for those survivors of this epidemic to help them through recovery, to help provide those desperately-needed resources to those who are struggling with abuse and addiction to get the help that they need as they walk this long path towards recovery. i will hold big pharma and big insurance accountable and take them away from the policy-making table. when you look at so many of the pieces of legislation related to our health care that have come before congress, you see in this pay to play culture in
washington how their high-powered, high paid lobbyists have a tremendous amount of influence over the legislation that affects our everyday lives. i want to take the opportunity to recognize aarp, who is here. i am so grateful that almost every meeting we have, and i know other campaigns as well, there are aarp volunteers with the red shirts and jackets, and i just love the message. i don't know if you want to stand up so that people can see you here for a second, and i can give you the mic if you want to say a word or two. [applause] >> thank you. you see her jacket. it says "stop greed." , you are everywhere, a nonpartisan organization fighting for people. it says "stop greed." exactly. stop the greed.
your message is so crystal clear, because it cuts to the heart of what is wrong with our entire health care system now. it's being driven by greed and profits rather than how to better take care of our people, whether it is our grandparents, our parents, us, our children, at every single age. so, when we have these conversations in our community about how we can improve health care, the number one thing we have to do is take away the crony capitalism and the greed that has infected this health care system that unfortunately really isn't about health at all, really. it is sick-care, right? we are not placing high levels of importance on prevention and wellness and doing more to be able to encourage a healthier society, preventing people from
getting sick in the first place. so, you, every one of you have my personal commitment that in a gabbard administration, big pharma and big insurance will have no seat at our table as we form policies guaranteeing quality health care for every single american, that would allow those who, if you have a great private insurance or if your employer offers one, if you choose to go down that route, you should have that choice. but for the single mom of four who i met earlier today just down the way at cookie's cafe, whose son is 25 years old and was born with severe disabilities, and who needs a lung transplant, he doesn't know if he can get it because they have to come up with $30,000. he's on medicare. he's on medicaid. they are going to cover the cost just of the surgery itself. but all the other things he
needs around the surgery to make sure it is successful, $35,000. so her boss, they have a donation can in the community to chip in, trying to get people together to make sure that this young man's life can be saved. but they don't know if they can raise it. i asked, do you have a gofundme page, because i would love to spread the word and get more people to chip in. you know what she told me? no, we are not allowed to do that, because if we have a gofundme page, they count those dollars as income and he will lose his apartment and his health care. so the predicament this young man is in, and his mother who is so worried sick about his ability to live and be able to breathe properly and get this
lung transplant points to the corruption and the problem within our health care system. people like her and her son and so many families across our country should be able to live with the peace of mind that when you are at that most difficult moment in your life, when you or your loved one needs care, that you will be able to get it no matter where you work or what your zip code is or what your family background is or the color of your skin. none of these things should stand in the way of us as americans living in the greatest nation in the world to be able to ensure quality health care for every person. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. i want to be able to open it up to questions here. i want to hear what's on your mind in just a few moments.
i will wrap up. sir, we will come to you first. as i know, we will be able to talk about many of the other challenges, whether it is climate change, immigration reform, criminal justice reform. there's a lot of issues we need to address. i do want to close on one issue that is central to all of these other issues and that is the cost of war. foreign policy is domestic policy. yet very rarely in this presidential campaign, or even campaigns in the past, do you see a major focus on foreign policy. which doesn't make sense, for two big reasons. number one, the most important responsibility the president has is to serve as commander-in-chief. i would think, as voters, you would want to be best-informed about who is most qualified to serve as commander-in-chief, right? and number two, those decisions
that are made related to our foreign policy have direct impacts on every single one of us, in our everyday lives, whether you realize it or not. i have served as a soldier in the army national guard for almost 17 years. i have deployed twice to the middle east. my first deployment was in a medical unit, where every single day, we were confronted with the terribly high human cost of war. i have served in congress now for seven years, going on eight. throughout this time, i have served on the homeland security committee, the foreign affairs committee, the armed services committee, gaining experience and understanding related to our national security and foreign policy. and seeing firsthand who actually benefits most from our country's long-standing policy
of waging regime change wars, toppling dictators, nation-building missions. it is not our country that benefits, our national security is most often undermined as terrorist groups like isis and al qaeda are strengthened. it is the military-industrial complex and a lot of fancy washington consultants who make a whole lot of money off of this continued policy. the cost of war takes a toll on every one of us as americans, because we are the ones who are paying the price. just in afghanistan alone, right now, we are paying $4 billion a month. $4 billion a month. it begs the question, what are we trying to accomplish? that's $5.5 million an hour,
going towards a war and nation-building mission that some of the highest leaders in the pentagon, it's now been revealed behind closed doors they are scratching their heads, saying, what are we even doing there? what are we trying to accomplish? what does "winning" look like? they can't answer that question. i have long advocated for bringing our troops home from afghanistan to stop wasting american taxpayer dollars. regime change wars and nationbuilding missions, instead redirect those dollars towards serving the needs of our people, nationbuilding right here at home. this is the change that i will bring about as president. getting our priorities straight. ending these regime change wars. ending these nationbuilding missions. this new cold war nuclear arms
race. taking care of our veterans, and making sure that we are redirecting taxpayer dollars right here at home. we need a commander-in-chief who will make the right decisions, to ensure the safety, security and freedom of the american people and our country, and i bring the experience necessary that has prepared me to do that job on day one. every single one of us pays the price for war. i'm not a pacifist. i don't live in a dreamland. i live in the real world where i understand that unfortunately, sometimes war may be necessary , to protect and defend the american people. but as commander-in-chief, i will maximize all diplomatic measures, building relationships with other countries, leading with cooperation rather than conflict, making sure that if we are sending my brothers and
sisters into harm's way, that we are sending them on missions that are truly worthy of their great sacrifice and that war should always be the last resort. if you agree with this leadership that we need in our country, then i want to personally invite every single one of you here to join me, to join our campaign, to join this movement towards this great -- towards his bright future where we are served by a government that is truly of, by and for the people. thank you very much. we will open it up to questions now. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much. we've got a couple people walking around with the microphone. we will start with you, sir. >> good afternoon.
theve been looking over chessboard, and it seems that trump won in florida, michigan, pennsylvania and wisconsin with a minority of the vote. the libertarians got 16 times that number of votes in michigan. representative gabbard: i did not know that. >> if the libertarians had been allowed in the presidential debates, the libertarians, former republican governors, two probably would have taken more votes away from trump and , the democrats may have wound up winning in those states. organizationind an presidentialn debates and allow the libertarians to participate and invite the republicans if they choose were not to, i would like
move because it gets donald trump out of the white house. and it would allow the law libertarians to present their solutions to more voters. i think you would like it because it would help you get elected. rep. gabbard: fair enough. thank you. what is your name? >> tom. rep. gabbard: awesome. thank you, tom. i want to get to the heart of the issue that you are raising, which is that we need a fair and impartial system that allows for more than just the two parties to be represented. i think the concentration of power that exists within these two parties has really been
fueled by money. it does a disservice to the american people in a lot of ways as we see how that imbalance of power exists. and the negative consequences that come from that. yes, sir. >> you have said everything about foreign policies. i am a truck driver, and i have been doing that for 34 years. what you think about the autonomous trucks that are coming out in the trucking industry? it is really falling apart. rep. gabbard: thank you. i have grave concerns. about what the impacts of this automation revolution will have. i think there is not any one
single answer to this. i think there are a lot of safety concerns and other issues related to these changes. it seems like it is a matter of time. i would love to hear more of your thoughts on this. it is not really a matter of if but when at this point. we as a country need to be best prepared to empower those who are in the situation like yourself. maybe those who have not been driving their whole careers but , their family depends on that income to be able to survive. about what happens next. i don't know if you want to add to that. addnd also, i wanted to because of the real straight regulations and every -- the real strict regulations and everything else that have, in the last 15 years. tes are falling drastically. rates that youhe
are being paid? >> yes. the last time you were here, my buddy handed you a packet of information. did you read it? rep. gabbard: i started to read it and i passed it onto my staff. thank you. i appreciate -- we will grab that from you before we go. the work that you are doing to raise more awareness about the challenges you all are facing, i think that this is a big topic. i am not going to claim to have the answer in every respect on , but something that will help make the universal transition is a universal basic income. it will provide a layer of
security for those who face the serious and massive change in our lives. where do you go? how do you transfer your skills? i have talked to other folks who are in a similar position. i have gone through some of these things with people in my home state of hawaii who spent their entire careers working on the sugar plantation. just on the last two years, the very last sugar plantation and -- the last sugar plantation in our state shutdown. they were given some money for transition assistance. for a lot of them, for someone who is 40, 50, 65 years old, they are thinking, what kind of retraining in my going to do? we have to get to the reality of the situation. and, recognize the inevitability of what is coming. but making sure we are standing up for our brothers and sisters
and walking together through this process. yes, sir. >> welcome to new hampshire. if i were from hawaii i would probably rather be there in december. rep. gabbard: i love my country. that is why i am here. >> i want to ask a serious question related to your vote on impeachment. te. have a very unique vor devoted present on both articles of impeachment. the question i have for you is if there was incontrovertible evidence of a high crime or misdemeanor, would you have voted yes? rep. gabbard: yes. this is part of the problem. throughout this process, it was and continues to be extremely partisan. this is something that the founders warned against in the
federalist papers. they feared the process would result in a conclusion that was based on the strength of one party over another rather than an objective assessment of innocence or guilt. that such an outcome would only further divide our country. this is why i voted present to take a stand for our country. to take a stand for the people. we can and should defeat donald trump for his multiple wrongdoings and abuses of power. and defeat him and throw him out of office so we can come together as a country and move forward together. it is why i introduced a censure resolution that listed many other areas that were not included in any impeachment articles or discussed throughout
that whole process of decisions that donald trump has made that were clearly unconstitutional and illegal. dropping bombs in another country without congressional approval. vetoing a war powers resolution from congress to stop supporting saudi arabia's genocide in yemen. there are many other areas that i think should have been discussed but weren't. given the reality of the situation, i do not want to see donald trump further emboldened and strengthened as he will be. the senate will exonerate trump. they will proclaim his innocence. he will take that message across the country. we are likely to see his support grow as a result of that. >> just a quick follow-up. by the absence of your yes vote, do you mean to think there was not any incontrovertible evidence? rep. gabbard: i'm saying that the process was flawed.
the entire process. that is why i could not in good conscious vote either yes or no. trump has committed many acts of wrongdoing. that i believe have made the country less safe and not serve the interest of the people. that is why i'm so committed to defeating him and working to earn the support of the americans across the country so we can remove him from office in >> but none rising to the high 2020. crime or misdemeanor level? rep. gabbard: the problem is the process. if the process itself is fault, we are not able to have a clear look at what levels and what he has done and what should have and could have been included. that was why i chose to take the vote i did. [applause] rep. gabbard: i will take one from the side. yes, sir. >> i was wondering if you can
elaborate on the things that precede these regime wars. that is the covert actions taken by our government. a lot of people do not know that in 1949 in syria, the united ed a coup.k da ironically enough, the guy who wrote the afghanistan papers in the washington post, he also wrote an article in 2011 about that united states involvement in syria in 2006. i was wondering what your thoughts are on stopping these covert actions to overthrow governments. rep. gabbard: thank you for your question. so often the story we hear in , the news about some of these wars, regime change wars, whether they are using military means or covert means through
the cia or this modern day siege tactic of draconian sanctions to try to overthrow a government. the back story is often not told. we do not often find out what is happening until maybe decades later as happened with iran. that was a regime change war that a lot of people did not know the u.s. was involved in until many years later when the documents were declassified. what is at issue here is my position that the united states should not try to play this role of being the police of the world. we should not be in the business of overthrowing dictators that we do not like. even when under the guise of
because when we look throughout history and many different parts of the world, it has resulted in more suffering and struggles for the peoples of those countries. it has undermines the interests of our country. whether we are talking about in , libya,ast like iraq syria, afghanistan, you can go on and on down the list. you can see how there is some hypocrisy there. some dictators, the united states says, we have to overthrow this evil dictator. there are other dictators the united states props up and calls allies and partners. this is something i will end as president. this long-standing practice of regime change and nationbuilding. instead, focus on these decisions in our role on engaging with these countries based on what is the best
interest of our country and national security. really having the foresight to look at what are the consequences down the line of those actions? will they actually help people in other countries? or will it hurt? that is something that does not happen often enough. yes, ma'am. in the back. >> i think you are amazing. my question is about, how are you going to deal with foreign leaders who do not -- rep. gabbard: seriously? that is a good question. it is something i have dealt with before. or inviously as president a political capacity, but during my second deployment to the
middle east, one of my platoon's missions was to conduct training with the kuwait army. as a platoon leader, i was a lieutenant. we brought some of our soldiers. we went to their camp to begin this training. from the outset, i was told, they do not allow women onto their camp. obviously i had a mission. i went anyway. the guard at the gate, he was a little puzzled when he looked at me. he waved us on through. as we went down the line and started meeting the soldiers we would be training, half of them completely did not acknowledge that i existed at all. they would not shake my hand. it was as though i were invisible to them simply because i am a woman. the way i treated this situation culturalt their
differences in background and where they were coming from. but i knew what my mission was. i let my actions speak louder than anything else. we went and got this training. we showed them how to shoot their firearms. we showed them how to conduct basic counterterrorism tactics. how to clear buildings, how to deal with civil disobedience. what i found was as time went on, they saw me not as a woman with whatever their preconceived notions were, but as a fellow grew to respect because of the experience and leadership that i brought to the table and what this resulted in , was, on graduation day, when they were done with their training course, they gathered
in a room not unlike this. their commander who was a conservative muslim, he called me up to the front in front of all of his soldiers, and he presented me with a reward for the appreciation for the training we had given to his unit. as we left, there was someone else who has been working with these guys for a long time. he said i hope you understand , what just happened. what it took for this commander to recognize a woman in front of his subordinates. in front of his soldiers. what kind of a historic thing that was. whatever the obstacles are, whoever it is i am dealing with, it is my practice to say, my actions and leadership will allow me to be able to overcome the obstacles that others may place before us.
people will see through that i mean business. i will not be detracted away from my mission of working for and representing our country with strength and pride. [applause] >> i have a comment and a question. my comment was, thank you for helping bring down kamala harris's campaign. we really dodged a bullet with that one. my question was, you emphasize in chief.iter i know you want to end foreign wars and protect civil liberties. there are a lot of republicans in congress who will agree with that goal. i want to know what your
favorite republican has been to work with in congress in the spirit of that question. rep. gabbard: thank you. that is a good question. i have worked with a lot of my republican colleagues on a lot of different issues. you mentioned civil liberties. i worked a lot with former former congressman trey gowdy on issues related to civil liberty. he is now an independent, but congressman justin amash and congressman tom massey. now passed away congressman walter jones on issues related to ending presidential wars. respecting the constitution and the role that congress has. to be the body that decides whether or not to declare war. i have worked with a congressman , who is a, brian mast
combat veteran. issues we are currently working on that has to do with making sure our generation of veterans does not have to deal with what our veterans faced with agent orange. many suffering and struggling with rare cancers and really terrible respiratory illnesses because of that exposure. i worked with a lot of different people in congress on a lot of different issues. finding those areas where we can find agreement and common ground and present that united front to the american people. as divided as things are, we can come together and tackle some of the greatest issues of our time. on those issues where we disagree we still respect each , other.
we still maintain friendships because of that foundation. [applause] >> we have a problem with people taking positions of power in government and then they become very rich. rep. gabbard: i have always wondered how that happens. >> they become very rich. would you support something like all, women, senators and their family members to get audited by independent parties? if something like that happened, i think we would see big changes in how politicians push foreign aid to other countries over the
homeland. what are your thoughts on that? rep. gabbard: this is a really important issue. i talked about this pay to play culture in washington. this revolving door that we see between members of congress and senior staffers who work across different industries in washington. very often, they will go from spending time in this public but then leaving and getting big payouts. thatng in the industries we are supposed to be exercising oversight over. fda,ng for the fcc or the go down the list of acronyms where people will go work and get a big paycheck from the industry they were supposed to
be regulating. so yes, there must be transparency in not only where members of congress and their spouses are getting their income from are they abusing their , position of influence? personally, financially benefiting from those relationships -- i think we have to go even farther. right now, there is an annual form every one of us has to fill out that is a financial disclosure form. with everyk up member of congress. what stocks are you investing in? there is a congressman who just resigned because he was -- i don't remember the details -- but the bottom line was he was in a position of power on a committee. turns out he was a major , shareholder in a company and he was encouraging other members of congress to invest in the
company and then made decisions in congress that would then if -- that would benefit that company. i think it was a pharmaceutical company. chris collins. he is i think being indicted for it. making sure that transparency is there and the accountability is there is important. i don't think members of congress should be allowed to invest in stocks. i don't think they should be allowed to be in a position where they can personally benefit off of those decisions that are made. whether you are on the committee of jurisdiction or not, everyone of us has to vote on bills related to every single sector in our economy, directly or indirectly, and no one should be in position of benefiting from that. members of congress should not be able to become lobbyists after they leave congress. neither should senior staffers.
closing this revolving door and -- this revolving door in our government will do a lot to reduce the level of corruption and influence. it is being exploited by too many people in a position of power for their own financial gain. just like we see. do we have any teachers here today? thank you for your service. teachers, nurses, firefighters, law enforcement officers, school counselors, mental health professionals, when you go down this list, these are people who choose to serve. you did not get into this for the money, did you? there is not much money there. you get into it because you love teaching. you want to serve. you want to help our kids. those who get into public service must be in it to serve and not be using that as a steppingstone or a way to financially exploit that
position of service for their own personal gain. >> we have time for one more question. >> i just learned about you recently. from what i heard, you have my support. before that, i felt like i needed to settle for the other people i knew about like the big names like warren and sanders. my question is, how do you stand up against these people who are household names compared to you? rep. gabbard: i am counting on you to help me do that. [applause] rep. gabbard: thank you for your support. thank you for your question because this is real. i am not as famous as some of the best-known candidates in the race. a lot of the national polls that people are seeing are really more of an indication of who is most famous and well-known rather than an indication of
voters having equal amounts of information on every candidate and then making their decisions accordingly. i appreciate you taking the time to learn more and come today and i'm grateful to have your support. our challenge and our opportunity as a grassroots, people power campaign is we have to get better known. we have to get the word out to others. what we are finding is the more we are able to do that, the more our support grows. for our campaign, we are using every platform possible to do that. we are holding town halls like this every single day. going out into different towns and communities and reaching out to people. i have seen a couple of people who i saw earlier today. i was in a coffee shop and invited you to come. thank you for coming. this is where i want to ask every single one of you for help. i want to hand the mic over to
one of our incredible volunteers who invited 150 of his closest friends to his house. he will share with you some ways you can join our movement. thank you. [applause] >> you are welcome. i actually recognize some of the people who were at my house. ulsi said, she does not accept pac money. this is not a bought and sold candidate. she is counting on people like me and you to get her message out, spread the word. get her elected as president of the united states. what can you do? on your seats you guys have , pledge cards. you can commit to talking to two people about what you heard here today. getting them to watch one of her town halls on youtube or twitter. you can defend her on twitter when people say something ridiculous about her that makes no sense. i love doing it.
you can get bumper stickers and lawn signs. if you live on a main road, you can get visibility. town, im driving around see your signs good i want to rip them out of the ground, -- i see signs for pete. i want to rip them out of the ground, but i do not. i would love to see more. i want to see them all down the street. you can host a party at your house like i did. you do not have to invite 150 people. i just wanted to put her on the map. it was quite a moment. i have a big house. it did not looks obey when people were in it. big when not look so people were in it. we have developed a friendship. i am always honored when she asks me to introduce her or talk about the pledge cards. i am a person who hated politics
my whole life. the fact that she has gotten me involved and drawn me in speaks volumes to the kind of candidate she has to be. otherwise, i would have a new order like everybody else. there is something different about this woman. she is fantastic. we need her to be president of the united states. do what you can to help her. in these pledge cards at the back. you can get a banner. whatever you want. she will get it done for you. she is here for you. for all of us. let's get her there. [applause] rep. gabbard: thank you, matt. election day is right around the corner here. how many of you know when it is? february 11. now you know. it is right around the corner. one thing that i really appreciate about new hampshire
voters is you think for yourself. you will hear all of these different things. you will see different polls saying different things coming out every day of the week. everywhere we go, we meet voters who -- he think for yourself. you consider the vote you will choose to cast as who you would like to see move forward in this presidential campaign. i appreciate the seriousness with which you take this responsibility and appreciate your consideration in being here tonight and considering casting your vote for me in this election on february 11. as matt said, you have those pledge cards. i want to invite every single one of you to join us. if you have made up your mind tonight, please fill out that information. there are ways, small and large, you can help spread this message
with others. even if you have not made up your mind tonight, even if you are still looking at the different candidates, that is ok too. i still encourage you to share what you heard here. with yourconversation family, coworkers, or friends. i went to increase this dialogue within our community as we head into the last five weeks of the primary here in new hampshire. i want to thank everyone of you for giving me your time. it is the most valuable thing we have in our lives. you can never get it back. thank you for being here tonight. i am so grateful to know you. i will stick around if any of you wants to come up and say hello or take a picture. thank you so much. have a wonderful night. aloha. [applause] >> let's start a picture line
i appreciate you. thank you. have a good night. hi, how are you? >> i voted republican for years. this is the first time i am ever voting democratic. i really hope the media can be a little more fair to you. rep. gabbard: yeah, me too. thank you. i appreciate your support. ?i, how are you >> i am amanda. i really like you. rep. gabbard: i am glad you are here. >> i appreciate you. rep. gabbard: what is your name? eva, nice to meet you. have a good night. how are you?
thank you for being here tonight. >> 1, 2, 3. all right. >> thank you so much. gabbard: thank you. >> thank you for coming. >> have a good one. >> thank you so much. rep. gabbard: thank you. >> i meant what i said. i have so much respect for you all. i make it -- rep. gabbard: i make a point where ever see a red shirt. -- whenever i see a red shirt. i appreciate you.
>> i really appreciate you. rep. gabbard: thank you so much. have a happy new year. hi, how are you? >> [indiscernible] democrat i amly voting for. rep. gabbard: consider voting for me in the primaries. thank you. thank you so much. have a good night. how are you? good to see you. i have an hour drive ahead of me. i am going to read this in the car.
not much of a talker. i never voted in my life. i almost voted for barack obama. but i am voting for you. i am telling everybody. gabbard: i appreciate it. thank you. thank you very much. lose, do not quit. rep. gabbard: thank you. >> the truth hurts them. rep. gabbard: thank you. >> thank you for running. rep. gabbard: have a good night and a safe new year. >> how are you? rep. gabbard: good. >> i really like your ideas.
rep. gabbard: awesome. good. thank you. right here? awesome, thank you for coming. have a good night. bye. hi! >> can i give you a hug? rep. gabbard: of course. nice to meet you. >> i'm natalie. rep. gabbard: nice to meet you. what is your name? can i give you a hug too? >> kristin. rep. gabbard: thank you, kristin. are you family? >> yeah. rep. gabbard: cool. there you go. [laughter] i saw you guys. did you like the conversation? >> yeah. rep. gabbard: good. peoplee are so many there on campus. rep. gabbard: do you go there?
>> i go to state. rep. gabbard: ok. >> i think a lot of people will go. a a lot of young people are working for them. i would recommend -- rep. gabbard: good, we will make our way there. you will be there to greet us? >> oh, yes. rep. gabbard: thank you all for coming. sorry, one second. thank you very much. it is good to see you. >> good to see you. rep. gabbard: thank you. >> thank you for being here. we appreciate you came back. rep. gabbard: thank you for having us. >> you are wonderful. rep. gabbard: awesome. thank you for all your hard work. i appreciate it. >> will you take one with a trump supporter? rep. gabbard: of course.
[laughter] >> thank you. rep. gabbard: did you cut out the shirt? come on, do it right. [laughter] >> there you go. rep. gabbard: that is ok. i know they will keep you in line. [laughter] >> thank you. i really liked everything you said. rep. gabbard: i appreciate it. thanks. bye. >> my name is maranda. i am her granddaughter. she invited me over. i am so happy you are running. i just heard about you. this sounds so good. rep. gabbard: that means a lot to me. thank you both. nice to meet you. >> 1, 2, 3. >> thank you so much. rep. gabbard: we are grateful for your support. what are your thoughts on the
concentration camps in china right now? rep. gabbard: it is a very tough situation that we do not have enough information about, from what i've heard and seen obviously i think that the way china is treating the situation is not right. >> thank you. i appreciate it. rep. gabbard: thank you very much. hey, how are you? >> hey, they told me to come down. rep. gabbard: give me one more. i will be back again tomorrow. thank you very much. i am sorry, we are already running late. thank you very much. how are you doing? >> how are you doing? rep. gabbard: i am good. thank you for being here tonight. >> thank you. >> one year and a half ago, i never really thought about policy. good luck with everything. rep. gabbard: good luck to you.
hey. >> thank you for your service. rep. gabbard: i'm sorry, we will have another townhall tomorrow. you should come. i'm sorry. thank you. it will be tomorrow. you can go on my website or facebook page, we will have details. thank you so much. >> no picture, i wanted to say thank you. nice touch. keep up the positive message. i wanted to wish you well. rep. gabbard: thank you. have a good night. how are you? >> my name is billy anderson. [indiscernible] i'm nervous. rep. gabbard: do not be nervous. >> i was wondering -- [indiscernible] rep. gabbard: i will take a look. i have a long drive ahead of me tonight.
>> [indiscernible] i would like to get back to you on that. maybe if you can contact me. rep. gabbard: ok. you are not driving back him tonight are you? >> i am not. rep. gabbard: you are sticking around? >> i am. rep. gabbard: ok, good. thank you very much. be safe and think of for bringing this. i will take a look at it. thank you. how are you? nice to meet you. >> i would like to thank you very much. thank you for talking about democratic -- and the situation --[inaudible] [indiscernible]
-- has sunk down into socialism. [indiscernible] -- like anything television program? that was fantastic. rep. gabbard: thank you. [indiscernible] rep. gabbard: thank you, i appreciate your support. how are you? >> thank you. i'm a conservative and i think that you are the only democratic candidate i could vote for . rep. gabbard: yeah. >> especially given your military background. i agree with you. but ity am against --
was interesting that the presidents in recent times have not initiated -- but i will consider your position. i would not think with being naive -- major terrorists around the world. rep. gabbard: i am not. it is an issue every day. [indiscernible] nucleargreement and a --[indiscernible] is choosing the agreement is letting iran develop nuclear weapons, and simultaneously strengthening -- ery single day we go by without the iran nuclear agreement, they are a day closer to developing nuclear weapons.
>> but -- rep. gabbard: multiple intelligence agencies from many different countries, even aei, said they i were not developing a nuclear weapon. it is imperfect, but we need to work to strengthen it because the only alternative is not to. >> the europeans are anxious to because they want to sell uranian goods. rep. gabbard: they are also concerned about nuclear weapons. >> it just reminds me so much of the rope wed -- hang them with. but thank you very much. rep. gabbard: thank you for coming. >> good luck. rep. gabbard: have a safe new year. >> thank you. >> i just wanted to say that we support you. rep. gabbard: thank you.
thank you for all your support. thank you. let's get our picture. thank you so much. you are a powerful man, nick. >> i'm trying. rep. gabbard: keep it up. thank you. close. >> resume in. -- zoom in. >> can i get a video? >> sure. rep. gabbard: awesome, thank you. thank you for being here. >> thank you. rep. gabbard: have a good new year. >> same to you. rep. gabbard: have a safe new year. >> good night. rep. gabbard: thank you. is this your daughter? >> yes. rep. gabbard: it is nice to meet you. said.loved everything you
rep. gabbard: so beautiful. thank you so much. >> [indiscernible] >> i wanted to get your autograph. [indiscernible] rep. gabbard: awesome. thank you. >> aw, beautiful. rep. gabbard: how old are you, elsa? >> nine. rep. gabbard: amazing. so nice to meet you. i'm glad you came tonight, did you have fun? >> we did. we listened very carefully. and she got a bunch of yard signs. rep. gabbard: wow. i do not know how you do it. thank you guys. >> thank you. rep. gabbard: we have to get you a t-shirt, we consented to abby. -- can send it to abby.
rep. gabbard: ok. thank you. >> can you take a photo? >> of course. rep. gabbard:. not a problem -- not a problem. here we go. >> it have to be appear. here. have to be up >> 1, 2, 3. rep. gabbard: thank you. great venue, thank you for having us. >> [indiscernible] rep. gabbard: we will take you up on that. thank you. [indiscernible]
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