Tulsi Gabbard holds rally in the Bay Area

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Tulsi Gabbard holds rally in the Bay Area

 Vanesa Yamat and Lin Lee listen to Rep.Tulsi Gabbard speak during a rally in Fremont on March 17,2019.

Vanesa Yamat and Lin Lee listen to Rep.Tulsi Gabbard speak during a rally in Fremont on March 17,2019.

PHOTO BY ALLI WESEMAN/THEPONEER

Vanesa Yamat and Lin Lee listen to Rep.Tulsi Gabbard speak during a rally in Fremont on March 17,2019.

PHOTO BY ALLI WESEMAN/THEPONEER

PHOTO BY ALLI WESEMAN/THEPONEER

Vanesa Yamat and Lin Lee listen to Rep.Tulsi Gabbard speak during a rally in Fremont on March 17,2019.

By Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR

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Democratic presidential candidate and House Representative of Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard visited the Bay Area this weekend for rallies at the University of San Francisco on Saturday and in Fremont on Sunday.
She spoke on what her vision of America is, including “putting people first, people before profits.”
Gabbard addressed her plans to legalize marijuana, ending the war on drugs and “bringing an end to wasteful regime-change wars that have caused so much suffering in different countries around the world.”
Gabbard also said regime-change wars have undermined national security and costs taxpayers billions of dollars.
Gabbard, a member of the Army National Guard, voluntarily served two tours in Iraq in 2004 and again in 2009 when she was deployed to Kuwait.
“As a soldier and a veteran who served in two deployments to the Middle East, I know the cost of war, I know who pays the price,” she said.

Democratic Presidential Candidate and Representative Tulsi Gabbard listens to the audience at Bronco Billy’s in Fremont on March 17. 2019.

In 2017, she met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after he was accused of using chemical weapons on civilians. She was criticized by the public, who saw the meeting as treasonous.
She rebuked President Trump’s proposed budget that would slash money from Social Security, healthcare, education and food stamps.
“We see a bloated defense budget with more and more money being spent on developing nuclear weapons, that make the world less safe,” she said during Sunday’s rally.
Recently, Gabbard has come under fire for the anti-LGBTQ stances that she took prior to being elected to the Hawaii State Senate. In a YouTube video, she apologized and pointed to her congressional record over the past six years on supporting equal rights for the LGTBQ community.
Gabbard became the youngest person to be elected to the Hawaiian Legislature and was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, becoming the first Hindu person in Congress.