Dec 21, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard on impeachment vote: "I did not take the easy vote"

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said she did not "take the easy vote" when she broke with the majority of her party on Wednesday and voted "present" on two articles of impeachment against President Trump. She felt her vote "was in the best interest of our country," the congresswoman told NBC.

The big picture: Gabbard is the only 2020 presidential candidate who had a chance to vote on impeachment, and she has criticized the process as partisan, the New York Times reports. She favors a measure to censure Trump rather than impeaching him.

What she's saying:

"Congress has the opportunity to send a strong message to this president and all future presidents that Congress will not allow abuses of power to go unchecked, while still respecting the people of this country, who have the power to cast their votes and decide whether or not to remove this president. And I really believe that they will."

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Tulsi Gabbard: Trump impeachment would boost his re-election chances

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard during the 2020 debate in Atlanta on Nov. 20. Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images

2020 candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) told ABC News Saturday she voted "present" during President Trump's House impeachment proceedings because she's concerned it would "embolden him." And she said it could cause "lasting damage" to the U.S. if he's re-elected and the Republicans regain the House in 2020.

"I think impeachment, unfortunately, will only further embolden Donald Trump, increase his support and the likelihood that he'll have a better shot at getting elected while also seeing the likelihood that the House will lose a lot of seats to Republicans."

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Keep ReadingArrowDec 29, 2019

Former Hawaii governor says Gabbard should resign from Congress

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A former Democratic governor of Hawaii told a news conference Monday Rep. Tulsi Gabbard should resign from Congress so a special election can be held in the state.

Details: Former Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) cited Gabbard's not running for House re-election and that she's rented a home in New Hampshire as reasons for the call, noting she'd missed congressional votes since launching her 2020 campaign but that she voted "present" in President Trump's impeachment proceedings.

Go deeperArrowDec 24, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard's campaign says it raised $3.4 million in Q4

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign said Thursday it raised $3.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, CNN reports.

The state of play: The haul is up slightly from the $3 million she raised in the third quarter. The total includes $1.2 million raised in December alone, surpassing the campaign's $1 million goal for the final month of the year.

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