U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii was eyed as a rising political star even before she was elected to Congress in 2012 — she spoke at the Democratic National Convention that year just weeks after winning a primary election.
But her profile on the national stage has risen to a new level in recent months.
It comes in large part through multiple appearances on cable and network television news programs including CNN, ABC and Fox News, and in interviews with and reports by national and international press such as The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Economic Times.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard at the Democratic Party of Hawaii convention, May 24, 2014.
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As a military veteran who served in the Middle East, Gabbard is sought out for her views on U.S. foreign policy in the region. As the only Hindu-American in the Congress, she is a point of pride for many in India and America.
In office for barely two years, she has made a point to work closely with Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. And she is the rare Democrat willing to openly criticize her party’s leader, President Barack Obama, who also hails from Hawaii.
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In June 2014, for example, Gabbard said it “makes no sense” for the United States to resume military operations in Iraq to combat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and that she would oppose U.S. airstrikes in the region.