BREAKING NEWS: Tulsi Gabbard quits her long-show Democratic presidential bid and endorses Joe Biden as Bernie Sanders considers his own campaign’s future
Tulsi Gabbard announced Thursday that she was suspending her presidential campaign and would support Joe Biden – leaving just Biden and Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic race.
‘After Tuesday’s election it’s clear that Democratic primary voters have chosen Vice President Joe Biden to be the person who will take on President Trump in the general election,’ Gabbard said in a video posted to her Twitter account.
Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii, told supporters that she knew both Biden and his wife Jill ‘and I’m grateful to have called his son, Beau, a friend, who also served in the national guard.’
Tulsi Gabbard dropped out of the presidential race Thursday and said she’d support Joe Biden, who is far in the lead for the Democratic nomination
‘Although I may not agree with the vice president on every issue, I know he has a good heart and he’s motivated by his love for our country and the American people,’ she said. ‘I’m confident that he will lead our country with the spirit of aloha – respect and compassion.’
‘So today, I’m suspending my presidential candidate and offering my full support to Vice President Joe Biden in his quest to bring our country together,’ Gabbard announced.
Gabbard, who left a position at the Democratic National Committee in the 2016 cycle so she could openly campaign for Sanders, acknowledged the Vermont senator too.
‘I want to extend my best wishes to my friends Sen. Bernie Sanders, his wife Jane, Nina Turner and their many supporters for the work that they’ve done,’ she said.
Turner is one of Sanders’ top surrogates and is a former state senator from Ohio.
‘I have such a great appreciation for Sen. Sanders’ love for our country and the American people and his sincere desire to improve the lives of all Americans,’ Gabbard added.
Gabbard’s decision to stay in the race was a perplexing one as she did little campaigning – though large billboards that said ‘TULSI’ were positioned through the early primary states.
She amassed just two delegates – in comparison to Biden’s 1,180 and Sanders’ 885.
Gabbard suggested it was the ‘common enemy’ of the coronavirus outbreak that inspired her to drop out.
‘I feel that the best way to be of service at this time is to continue to work for the health and well-being of the people of Hawaii and our country in Congress and to stand ready to serve in uniform should the Hawaii National Guard be activated,’ she said.
Sanders’ mathematical path to the nomination was essentially snuffed out nine days ago when he lost Michigan to Biden – and now he’s being asked when he plans to exit the race.
On Wednesday, that didn’t go over well with the Vermont senator who snapped at a reporter who had asked about his timeframe.
‘I’m dealing with a f***ing global crisis!’ Sanders said, when asked by CNN’s Manu Raju about campaign plans, according to the reporter’s tweets.
Sanders had returned to Capitol Hill to vote on an economic package that had already passed in the House to help Americans combat the eonomic threat the coronavirus outbreak had brought on.
‘Well right now, right now I’m trying to do my best to make sure that we don’t have an economic meltdown and that people don’t die,’ Sanders said to Raju. ‘Is that enough for you to keep me busy for today?’