“I have taken my responsibilities as an officer of the DNC seriously, and respected the need to stay neutral in our primaries. However, after much thought and consideration, I’ve decided I cannot remain neutral and sit on the sidelines any longer,” was Gabbard’s explanation to her fellow DNC officers, which she sent in an email.
“There is a clear contrast between our two candidates with regard to my strong belief that we must end the interventionist, regime change policies that have cost us so much. This is not just another ‘issue.’ This is THE issue, and it’s deeply personal to me. This is why I’ve decided to resign as Vice Chair of the DNC so that I can support Bernie Sanders in his efforts to earn the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race.”
Her decision was first revealed on the political talk show “Meet the Press” when Gabbard told host Chuck Todd,
“As a veteran and as a soldier I’ve seen firsthand the true cost of war. I served in a medical unit during my first deployment, where every single day I saw firsthand the very high human cost of that war.”
Gabbard is a veteran of the Gulf War.
“I think it’s most important for us, as we look at our choices as to who our next commander in chief will be, is to recognize the necessity to have a commander in chief who has foresight, exercises good judgment, who looks beyond the consequences, looks at the consequences of the actions they’re looking to take, before they take those actions, so we don’t continue to find ourselves in these failures that have resulted in chaos in the Middle East and so much loss of life.”
Sanders, a senator from Vermont, is campaigning for the Democratic nomination against the more establishment candidate Hillary Clinton, who is a former senator from New York and a Secretary of State.
There are now four congressmen/women who have come out in support of Sanders, who just suffered a severe loss to Clinton in South Carolina last week. Clinton does not have too much to be worried about, as there are over 150 Democratic members of Congress who have endorsed Clinton. All but four Democratic senators and all except for six Democratic Governors have put their support behind Clinton.