The temperature was 77°F in Honolulu, Hawaii Monday afternoon. While a smattering of clouds was forecasted to beget showers, Hawaii’s highest profile resident, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard rode through 5 inches of snow to reach an icy Iowa City.
Taking the stage Monday, she said she expected the worst: she was surprised to find the event room at Big Grove Brewery on S. Gilbert Street full.
“I thought for sure we would sit around a table with five people,” Gabbard said.
During her speech, Gabbard paced through her platform items railing against the excesses of the pharmaceutical industry, calling for a justice system that does not favor the rich and demanding action on climate change.
But Gabbard — a veteran of the Iraq War — built up to what she called the cost of “regime-change” wars. This is a term of art Gabbard used to separate wars in Iraq and Syria from a war where the United States is attacked by a foreign government.
While she agreed examples of the latter are rare in recent memory, Gabbard emphasized that the former are an undue burden on the country spending, “adding trillions” to the deficit.
“Those are dollars out of our pocket that will not be spent on our community,” Gabbard said.
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