Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard would drop charges against Assange, Snowden if elected

Tulsi Gabbard speaks at an event.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) told the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast this week she'd drop criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden if elected in 2020.

Details: On the arrest of Assange, who's accused of conspiring with Chelsea Manning to access Defense Department computers, Gabbard told host Joe Rogan it ''poses a great threat" to freedom of speech. The Iraq War veteran compared Snowden's motives to those of Manning. "[T]here is not an actual channel for whistleblowers [to report] egregious abuses of our constitutional rights and liberties," she said.

Go deeper: Tulsi Gabbard on the issues, in under 500 words

The 2020 Democrats' 1 big things

Illustration of  a democratic donkey with a #1 foam finger
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The Democratic presidential candidates all have something unique that captures their identity. It could be a signature proposal or issue, or a broad theme they'll run on — or it could be their personality if they don't have a substantive idea that stands out.

Here's the one big thing for each candidate — what you should know if you know nothing else about them.