U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she’s open to the idea of running for vice president next year.
The two-term Hawaii congresswoman said during a visit to Kauai on Wednesday she would consider an offer from a presidential candidate to join his or her ticket, the Garden Island newspaper reported.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard may have aspirations beyond serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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“I would, because the question that I’ve always asked myself is, ‘Where can I be in a position to make the most positive impact?’ That’s what motivated me to run for office at 21,” said Gabbard, a Democrat who will turn 35 next year — the minimum age set by the Constitution to serve as president or vice president.
But Gabbard made it clear that none of the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination — or any of the GOP contenders, for that matter — has talked to her about the possibility.
Speaking at a Kauai Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Gabbard also said she will be talking to President Barack Obama’s chief of staff Friday about the proposed Iran nuclear deal. “I have not come to a decision yet on this deal,” she told the audience.
Last month, Gabbard issued a statement saying, “We cannot afford to make the same mistake with Iran that was made with North Korea. The failure to stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons has resulted in an unacceptable threat: North Korea’s long-range missiles, coupled with its nuclear warhead stockpile, puts my home state of Hawaii and the West Coast directly in Pyongyang’s cross-hairs.”
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