Gabbard enjoys pizza with FPU crowd

  • Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii joins a crowd at Franklin Pierce University Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, for Pizza & Politics. —Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii joins a crowd at Franklin Pierce University Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, for Pizza & Politics. —Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii joins a crowd at Franklin Pierce University Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, for Pizza & Politics. —Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii joins a crowd at Franklin Pierce University Thursday for Pizza & Politics. Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii joins a crowd at Franklin Pierce University Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, for Pizza & Politics. —Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii joins a crowd at Franklin Pierce University Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, for Pizza & Politics. —Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii joins a crowd at Franklin Pierce University Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, for Pizza & Politics. —Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii joins a crowd at Franklin Pierce University Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, for Pizza & Politics. —Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, on the right, poses for a photo with Franklin Pierce University music major Josh Giaquinto during a Pizza & Politics event at the Franklin Pierce campus in Rindge on Thursday. —Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/7/2019 9:24:48 PM

Congresswoman and Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard stopped at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge Thursday for some Pizza & Politics.

Gabbard talked war, the environment, impeachment, Google and to say “Aloha.”

Gabbard, who represents Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, said her experience as a combat veteran heavily influenced her decision to run for Congress. She wanted to be in a position to impact decisions on the economy and help make decisions that impact foreign policy and “when and where troops are sent into harm’s way.”

“I took so much from those experiences, both deployments, on who pays the cost for war. Who pays the price?” Gabbard said. “The human cost of war as well as to the taxpayers.”

Gabbard said as president she would “end these wasteful regime change wars.”

“We’ve spent almost $6 trillion dollars on these wasteful wars since 9/11 alone,” she said.

It was a false alarm about a nuclear missile headed toward her home state of Hawaii that pushed her to now seek the highest office in the land. Gabbard said she wants to take the “hair trigger” off of U.S. nuclear missiles, saying Hawaii got a huge “wake up call” last year when a false nuclear alert was made.

“We got a very terrifying text message on cell phones across the state saying ‘missile coming, seek shelter,’” Gabbard said. “Where would you go? … There is no shelter.”

Gabbard said that false alarm caused her to run for president, saying “our very existence is at stake.”

FPU communications major Paul Lambert opened the talk up to questions by asking Gabbard why she had initially opposed the recent call to impeach President Donald Trump

“What was the catalyst for that change?” Lambert asked Gabbard.

“I’ve spoken out against pursuing impeachment for a long time, simply because many of those who’ve been advocating for it have been doing so with a partisan motive. People who were really unhappy with the outcome of the election in 2016 and want to be able to see, ‘Hey we’ve got to be able to get Donald Trump out of office.’ In my view pursuing this out of a partisan motive would further tear apart an already divided county. And those motives would be very clear to people,” she said. “And this is actually dangerous for our democracy because if we get to the point where one party is unhappy with the outcome of the election and they’ll just pursue impeachment to undo the outcome that the other voters had, then when the other party gets elected then the other party starts to pursue (impeachment) – and it just starts this endless cycle that ultimately undermines our democracy. Votes have consequences, elections have consequences.”

However, in light of information recently released from the whistleblower complaint and inspector general’s memo and other sources indicate there has been an abuse of power, Gabbard said.

“There have been a number of pieces of information that have been released that are greatly concerning about potential abuse of power. So I’m supporting the inquiry that is happening right now in Congress because I think that the American people need the truth and they need all the facts and the evidence and then we as a country can then make the best determination in the most nonpartisan way possible what actions or recourses need to take place at that point.” Gabbard said.

Gabbard said there is a need to reign in “big tech companies” like Google and Facebook when asked about the issue by Franklin Pierce student Dante Comacho.

“This is something my campaign has had direct experience with,” Gabbard said, saying her Google ad account was mysteriously shut down during the peak of searches for her name that would have led people to her website following a Democratic debate. “We were hoping I would be Googled a lot as a result of that debate.”

“As we’re typing in a search on Google it is their algorisms that control what pops up on that first page or that second page versus what gets buried on page 10 or 20 or page 30,” she said about Google and added about Facebook, “They are controlling what pops up in your feed and when.”

Gabbard’s recent performance in the polls has earned her a spot in the fourth televised Democratic debate scheduled to take place on Oct. 15.


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