If I had a dollar for every time Tulsi Gabbard has said she will not run as a third party candidate…
And yet, we still get clowns like David Knowles, an editor of Yahoo News, writing opinion pieces titled “Tulsi Gabbard, encouraged by Trump, may seek spoiler role.” I mean, what is the basis for such fantasizing?
It is not exactly breaking news that Tulsi Gabbard will not win the Democratic presidential nomination. Since announcing her candidacy in January, the US House member from Hawaii has never polled higher than 2 percent in the RealClearPolitics polling average. That may not stop Gabbard from mounting a third-party White House bid and having a major impact on the 2020 election…
Knowles speculates, “Given the bad blood between Gabbard and the Democratic Party, it’s easy to imagine her pursuing a third-party run.”
What does he base this on?
Ah, here it is…
In an explosive October interview, Clinton called Stein a “Russian asset,” and added that President Vladimir Putin’s government was “grooming” Gabbard for 2020. “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She’s the favorite of the Russians,” Clinton said.
It’s the old conspiracy thing by Hillary. Great. Okay Dave, here you go…
On August 29, 2019, Tulsi said to Jim Sciutto on CNN, “I’ve ruled that out. I’m going to continue to focus on moving our campaign forward, continuing this grass-roots campaign, continuing to deliver our message to the American people.”
On October 22, 2019, Tulsi said to Kristen Bellstrom of Fortune magazine, “I am calling out my own party and I am calling out what I have seen as a corruptive influence in our party that has taken it away from being the party of the people that it needs to be. So no, I’m not going to run as a third-party candidate.”
On November 2, 2019, Tulsi responded to a question from Rosie Gray of BuzzFeed News as to whether there were any circumstances under which she would change her mind about running as third-party candidate. Tulsi answered, “No, no. Answer’s still the same. Nope.”
On November 3, 2019, Tulsi said to Maria Bartiromo of Fox News, “I am not. I have said numerous times that I will not run as a third-party candidate and, again, the perpetuation of that rumor has come from political opponents who really are just trying to create some kind of strange suspicion that I might do something else to try to undermine the support we are getting from Democrats, Republicans, independents, libertarians who are saying, hey look we want to come and vote for you in the Democratic primary because of the unifying message and leadership that I will bring to this country.”
On November 6, 2019, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez said that Tulsi had reaffirmed her commitment to run only for president as a Democrat. “We’ve worked with every campaign including the Gabbard campaign and she’s told us, and she’s told the American people, ‘I am not running as a third party candidate,'” Perez said. “We asked every candidate to take that pledge … Tulsi took it enthusiastically … she took an unequivocal pledge in that regard,” Perez said.
On December 6, 2019, Tyler MacDonald of The Inquisitr wrote: “As reported byABC Politics‘ Kendall Karson, Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard recently filed for the Texas 2020 ballot, which comes with the requirement of signing a pledge to support the Democratic Party’s eventual nominee. Although all candidates must sign the pledge, Gabbard’s signing is notable as it undermines rumors that she is considering a third-party run.”
How may times must Tulsi repeat herself before one takes her at her word? One may not like her positions, her independence, her fearlessness, her blunt outspokenness, her annoying proclivity to speak truth to power, her unabashed patriotism, her streak of grey hair. But it’s really hard to question her integrity. On that alone, certainly, you have to grade her higher than Hillary.
Join me at Tulsi because…