CHARLOTTE, N.C. - U.S. House candidate Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii says President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are the best leaders for military veterans and their families.
The former Honolulu councilwoman told a national audience Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina that veterans deserve leaders who care about their needs.
Gabbard called Obama and Biden along with their wives "the strongest advocates" for veterans.
Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat seeking Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional House seat that includes Maui County, addressed the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday. She also appeared on news programs, including one on CNN.
She opened: "Aloha. I'm Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for Congress in Hawaii, and a captain in the Army National Guard."
"As a combat veteran, I know the cost of war," she said in her speech, noting that she stepped down from her legislative seat for her military commitment in the Gulf. "The sacrifices made by our troops and military families are immeasurable. These days, it's often women in uniform - moms, wives, even grandmothers - who deploy and leave their families behind.
"Such heroes and patriots need and deserve leaders who truly understand and care about their hardships and will fight for them."
Gabbard spoke during a segment led by House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, drawing loud cheers after announcing she was an Army National Guard captain.
Gabbard is hoping to replace U.S. Rep Mazie Hirono, who is running for U.S. Senate. Gabbard won a surprise victory in the Democratic primary last month and is a heavy favorite to beat Republican Kawika Crowley in November.