NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo will host the first 2020 presidential primary debate June 26 and 27. This is the fifteenth in a series of BFIA’s coverage and commentary of the announcement speeches by the declared Democratic candidates for president for 2020 in no particular order. To view the previous candidate announcement posts type the candidate’s name in the search box on this page. Click here for more debate info including the matchups.
Gabbard used her speech to deliver a serious, dignified, anti-war, anti-nuke message. She presented herself as qualified to serve as commander in chief due to her service in the military. View the announcement video below and visit her campaign website here. tulsi2020.com/
Just over a year ago people of Hawaii and our country thought we were under nuclear attack. We saw college students running frantically across campus trying to find shelter. We saw a father lowering his daughter down a manhole to try to keep her safe; saw families who piled their children into their car and drove to the mountains looking for a cave to find shelter; a mother cowering in the bathtub with her children; a father trying to choose which of his children he would spend the last minutes of his life with. There was no shelter. There was nowhere to hide.
As powerful politicians beat the drums of war and ratchet up tensions between the U.S. and nuclear armed countries like Russia and China, the frontlines have come to our door step as we sit on the precipice of nuclear war.
The reality is right now there are over 14,000 nuclear weapons in the world, many of them far more powerful than those that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, enough to destroy the world many times over.
Today we face a greater risk of nuclear catastrophe than ever before in history. This situation is unacceptable. The president’s most important responsibility is to serve as commander in chief. I will do so as a soldier who understands the seriousness of this responsibility.
Those of us who have experienced first hand the cost of war fight hardest for peace. I served in Iraq in 2005 in a medical unit where every single day I was confronted with the high cost of war and who pays the price.
Our current foreign policy is undermining our national security. It is depleting our resources and exhausting our military.
As your commander in chief i will work to end the new cold war and lead us away from the abyss of a nuclear war that could destroy our world in mere minutes.