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Hawaii representative, presidential hopeful speaks in Council Bluffs

Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district since 2013, Photo: Office of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard via MGN.
Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district since 2013, Photo: Office of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard via MGN.(KOLO)
Published: Feb. 22, 2019 at 10:03 PM CST
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Another 2020 presidential hopeful made an appearance in Council Bluffs Friday afternoon.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is the first Samoan American and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress.

"We have self-serving politicians in Washington. People in positions of power both in politics and media and greedy corporations who are tearing us apart for their own selfish interests, and we see the negative impacts of this," Gabbard said to a crowd.

She called on voters to become more active.

"The only way to change that is by reviving that vision that our founders had for us. But we the people rising up and saying we will not allow this to continue..." the representative went on.

Gabbard was introduced to the audience as a progressive. She told 6 News it's time to end partisan politics.

"I look at each issue based on how I feel it will best serve the needs of our people and our planet," she said.

Ronnie Martin of Missouri Valley liked what she heard at the event.

"Unless we elect officials that we trust and believe in, I mean, right now we get fed lie after lie, after lie, after lie... we need the truth," she said.

Christ Gorman of Council Bluffs said he wants a president who cares about all children.

"To me our foundation is education. I'm a teacher myself, so the foundation is education and the young kids that I'm teaching every day. They need to have a chance in this world," he said.

Gabbard said she hopes to bring government back to where it belongs.

"It makes sense why people feel so left behind, why people feel their government is not working for them. That is the change that I seek to bring to this country," she said.

Congresswoman Gabbard is the ninth Democrat and fourth woman to announce a run for president.

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