Democrat 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard pledged to end wars, including the “new cold war,” during a campaign swing through New Hampshire this weekend.
“As your Commander-in-Chief, I will bring an end to these regime change wars,” Gabbard, a current member of Congress from Hawaii, said to cheers and whistling from the Portsmouth meet and greet event crowd. “I will work to end this new cold war so that we can walk back away from this abyss of nuclear war.
Gabbard, a military veteran, opened her remarks suggesting President Donald Trump lacks integrity and honor when she gave her reason for running for president. She said she is running to “bring those soldiers’ values, those service members’ values of service before self back to the White House, to restore integrity, to restore honor and integrity and respect to the presidency.”
She went on:
It is this value of service before self that our veterans represent so powerfully through their service, this is what it will take to defeat that corruption of selfishness and greed and corruption that is tearing us apart, that is causing so much suffering, that is driving so many of the policies in this country that are not working for the people, they are working against the people and for the powerful, for the self-serving.
Gabbard focused in on a troubled health care system, infrastructure, criminal justice reform, and “climate crisis” as urgent issues.
She then turned to the trillions spent on wars, on “this new cold war,” tensions with Russia and China, and that “we today are at a greater risk of nuclear catastrophe than ever before in history.” She added that North Korea is reaching a nuclear weapons capability that would allow them to reach not only Hawaii, but the continental U.S.
“It’s a threat that’s real to every community in this country,” Gabbard said, referencing the fear Hawaii residents experienced during a missile alert later found to be a false alarm.
After the promise to end “regime change wars” and “this new cold war,” she said she would take the money from “trillions of dollars, the money that has been spent and will be spent on this new nuclear arms race that has been kicked off” and repurpose it. She was not clear as to what exactly she would spend the money on other than to say she would “invest them in our people. Focus them on bringing about the solutions and serving the needs of our friends and neighbors and families, our communities right here at home.”