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Tulsi Gabbard 2020 presidential campaign

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Tulsi Gabbard 2020 presidential campaign
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Campaign2020 United States presidential election (Democratic Party primaries)
CandidateTulsi Gabbard
U.S. Representative (2013–present)
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives (2002–2004)
AffiliationDemocratic Party
StatusAnnounced: January 11, 2019
Formal launch: February 2, 2019
HeadquartersKapolei, Hawaii
Key peopleErika Tsuji (spokesperson)[1]
ReceiptsUS$9,095,132.92[2] (2019-09-30)
SloganLead with Love[3]

The 2020 presidential campaign of Tulsi Gabbard, the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district, began on January 11, 2019.[4] If Gabbard were to win, she would become the first female, Hindu, and Samoan president in American history, and would be the youngest person to ever hold the office (at the age of 39).[5]

Gabbard speaking to the California Democratic Party State Convention in June 2019.
Gabbard speaking to the California Democratic Party State Convention in June 2019.


Gabbard had been a rising figure in the Democratic Party in the lead-up to the 2016 election cycle, when she served as Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).[6]

On October 19, 2018, Politico reported that Gabbard was "weighing a 2020 presidential bid" but would not make an announcement until after the 2018 midterm elections.[7] On December 12, 2018, Gabbard said on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews that she was "seriously considering" running for president in 2020.[8]

Democratic primary campaign


Gabbard confirmed her intention to seek the Democratic presidential nomination on January 11, 2019, in an interview with CNN's Van Jones.[4] On January 24, she formally launched her campaign by releasing a video on her website, which stated:

We have people in positions of power who are not thinking of the well being of the people and our planet. ... Every time we launch these interventionist regime change wars, it is not only our veterans who pay the price for that. Every single one of us pays the price. We have spent trillions of your taxpayer dollars to pay for these wars taking those dollars away from our communities and our people who need them at home.[9]

The following week, NBC News notified the Gabbard campaign they would be publishing a story[10] the week after her campaign kickoff rally, where NBC would assert Gabbard were supported by the "Russian propaganda machine".[11] Instead, NBC released the story two hours before her campaign kickoff in Hawaii on February 2.[10] Glenn Greenwald criticized NBC for relying on a firm that had previously tried to imitate "an elaborate 'false flag' operation" that would plant the idea that Alabama Senatorial candidate Roy Moore was being supported by a "Russian botnet".[12]

Campaign management

Shortly after the announcement, campaign manager Rania Batrice and consulting firm Revolution Messaging departed from the campaign. Politico reported that sources "familiar with the campaign" referred to Gabbard as "indecisive and impulsive".[1] Her staff though insists that the vacancy in the campaign manager position is the result of "careful deliberation, not campaign dysfunction."[13]


Gabbard was the most searched for candidate on Google after both the first and second Democratic primary debates.[14] During the second debate, Gabbard pointedly criticized Kamala Harris's record as attorney general of California, accusing her of holding innocent people on death row and pointing out Harris's prosecution of marijuana crimes after admitting her own use.[15][16]

In May 2019, the DNC announced that candidates would need to have at least 130,000 individual donors and have received at least 2 percent support in four qualifying polls between June 28 and August 28 in order to qualify for the third primary debate.[17] Such polls could be national or early primary state polls, published by any of the 16 DNC-certified organizations.[18] By August 2, the campaign had met the qualifying donor threshold, but had not yet reached the polling threshold.[19]

Tulsi Gabbard poll results during qualification period for September 2019 debates of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries
Tulsi Gabbard poll results during qualification period for September 2019 debates of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries

On August 23, the Gabbard campaign noted that, in contrast to six polls released in the two weeks following the first debate, only two were released in the two weeks following Gabbard’s strong performance in the second debate. (Five polls were released in the two weeks following the third debate.) Gabbard criticized the DNC for not explaining why certain polls were qualifying while other "very credible, recognized" polls were not and argued that the process of developing criteria for poll selection "should not be made in secret by party bosses”; that there were oddities regarding where polls were not taking place; and that the lack of “transparency" was creating a "lack of trust in the process".[20][21][22][23][24][25]

By August 26, two days before the deadline, the Gabbard campaign had exceeded the threshold on only two qualifying polls. The campaign called on the DNC to expand the selection of polls considered for qualification, noting that Gabbard had exceeded the 2 percent threshold in 24 other polls, including several from respected polling firms, that were not considered in the DNC's list.[26][27][28][29]

By September 24, Gabbard qualified for the October debate by receiving the fourth qualifying poll result at or above two percent.[30]


In mid-2017 Gabbard pledged to no longer accept money from political action committees.[31]

In the first quarter of 2019, the campaign raised $4,495,770, with $1,995,770 from individual donations and $2,500,000 transferred from Gabbard's congressional campaign.[32] The campaign has met the polling and the individual donor requirements of the DNC's qualifying criteria for participating in the June and July 2019 debates.[33]

In the second quarter, the campaign raised $1,567,204 bringing the total to $6,062,974[32] with 69 percent coming from "small dollar" donors giving $200 or less.[34]

Lawsuit against Google

On July 27, 2019, Tulsi Now Inc. filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging that the internet technology company suspended the campaign's Google Ads account without reason and that the company had treated the campaign's mail differently than it treated other campaigns' mail. The lawsuit seeks "an injunction against Google from further meddling in the election and damages of at least $50 million."[35]

Media coverage

Gabbard has received very little news coverage relative to her polling position.[36] In addition, much of the coverage she has received campaign has been very negative. In May 2019, Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi stated, "we have hit a new low in campaign hit pieces" after critical coverage of Gabbard's campaign in The Daily Beast, CNN and Politico.[37] Following the second presidential debate, Sky News' James Morrow stated, the media has "Russia paranoia"[38] and A.B. Stoddard, the associate editor of Real Clear Politics described the situation as "there are serious knives out for Tulsi Gabbard".[39]

In September 2019, Vanity Fair summarized the media coverage of Gabbard's presidential campaign as "the press hates Gabbard even more than it hates Sanders".[40] The Hill's news anchor Krystal Ball and Chief Washington Correspondent Saagar Enjeti both describe Gabbard as "the most unfairly maligned person in Washington".[41]


Tulsi Gabbard poll results during qualification period for November 2019 debate of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries
Tulsi Gabbard poll results during qualification period for November 2019 debate of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries

Gabbard has polled in single digits in national polls. Gabbard has polled at 1 percent in several major polls.[42][43][44] In a poll conducted between July 9 and 18 of registered Democrats in New Hampshire, Gabbard and former Representative Beto O'Rourke were tied in sixth place at 2 percent.[45] On August 23, 2019, Gabbard's campaign stated that she had received 2 percent or more in 26 national and statewide polls, but only two of the polls were certified by the DNC.[46]

On August 19, 2019, Gabbard garnered 4.8 percent of the Iowa State Fair Straw Poll, placing 7th in a field of 24.[47][48][49]

Gabbard received 4 percent in the early primary states subset of two non-qualifying Morning Consult national polls from August 25 [50] and September 1.[51][52] On September 4 she received 1 percent in the same states in qualifying polls sponsored by CBS News.

Tulsi Gabbard poll results in New Hampshire
Tulsi Gabbard poll results in New Hampshire

Between the debates of July 31 and September 12, Gabbard's polling results in the early primary state New Hampshire were 1 percent in one qualifying poll and an average of 4.6 percent in five non-qualifying polls. Gabbard, who did not qualify for the September debate, received 5 percent in an August 6 poll from Gravis Marketing[53] and 6 percent in polls from Emerson College on September 9 [54][55] and HarrisX on September 11, thereby reaching the 4th place in the "Granite state".[56][57] Professor Spencer Kimball, Director of Emerson College Polling, said he is "not surprised" about Gabbard's rise to 6 percent in the poll because his polling institute has been watching Gabbard "slowly building her support for awhile". Kimball added, Gabbard's military service "likely resonates with a strong military tradition" among New Hampshire voters.[54]

"Russian asset" accusations

On the day Gabbard held her campaign launch event, NBC reported that "the main English-language news sites employed by Russia in its 2016 election meddling shows Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii ... has become a favorite of the sites Moscow used when it interfered in 2016."[58] In October 2019, The New York Times reported that "an independent analysis of the Russian news media found that RT, the Kremlin-backed news agency, mentioned Gabbard frequently for a candidate polling in single digits, according to data collected by the Alliance for Securing Democracy."[59]

On October 18, 2019, Hillary Clinton said that Russia was "grooming" a female Democrat to run as a third-party candidate who would help President Trump win reelection by a spoiler effect.[60][61] An aide to Clinton confirmed she was referring to Gabbard.[62] Gabbard has repeatedly said that she would not run as a third-party candidate if she does not win the Democratic nomination.[63][64] Gabbard thanked Clinton on Twitter for "com[ing] out from behind the curtain" of what she called "a concerted campaign to destroy [her] reputation".[65] Fellow 2020 candidate Marianne Williamson[66] spoke out in defense of Tulsi later that day; followed on the 19th by Beto O'Rourke[67] and Andrew Yang;[68] on the 20th by Pete Buttigieg;[69] and on the 21st by John Delaney,[70] Bernie Sanders,[71] and Mike Gravel.[72]

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  72. ^ Gravel, Mike (October 21, 2019). "Say whatever you will about Tulsi's stances on the issues. To suggest that a soldier who put her life on the line—a lot more than Hillary Clinton has ever done for the fucking country!—is committing treason is an absolute disgrace. Not that we should expect more from Hillary". @mikegravel. Retrieved October 23, 2019.

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