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Stossel: Tulsi Gabbard (Full Interview)



Stossel’s full interview with Tulsi Gabbard covering war, drugs, free healthcare, free college, the minimum wage, and more.

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This is John Stossel’s full interview with Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard. To watch an excerpted version, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24kIRB00OJ4

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D–Hawaii) will be in the Democratic debate next week. John Stossel says that’s good, because she’s different from the other Democrats. 

One difference is that she served in Iraq, and now pushes for ending wars. “We have to honor our servicemen and women by only sending them on missions that are worthy of their sacrifice,” Gabbard tells Stossel.

Instead, American interventions are often open-ended. “There’s seldom a discussion that I’ve heard about what is our mission,” Stossel says.

“Exactly! That’s exactly the problem…what is the clear, achievable goal?” Gabbard responds. She says her Afghanistan policy would have been: “Go in. Defeat Al-Qaeda. Get out.”

Gabbard also says: talk with our enemies. She met with Syria’s dictator. The media and other Democratic candidates give her grief for that. 

CNN’s Chris Cuomo lectured her: “You need to acknowledge that Bashar al-Assad is a murderous despot.”

Kamala Harris called Gabbard an “Assad apologist.”

“What’s going on with your party?” Stossel asks Gabbard. “Democrats used to the antiwar party.”

Gabbard responds that both parties are “heavily influenced by the foreign policy establishment…whose whole power base is built around continuing this status quo. So much so to the point where when I’m calling for an end to these wasteful wars, they’re saying, ‘well, gosh, Tulsi, why are you such an isolationist.’ As though the only way that we can relate with other countries in the world is by bombing them, or by putting crippling economic sanctions in place.”

Stossel also asks Gabbard about taking down a Democratic front-runner. In the fourth debate, she criticized Kamala Harris for her history of jailing people.

“She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard said in the debate.  

That moment changed the race. Harris lead in the betting at ElectionBettingOdds.com, with a 26% chance of winning the nomination. During the debate, she fell seven points. 10 days later, another seven points.  

“You killed her off,” Stossel says.

“I’m for the people, man,” Gabbard replies, laughing. “I was speaking the truth, and speaking for a lot of people.”

Gabbard and Stossel argue, too. Like most democrats, Gabbard would spend billions on expensive new programs. She backs Medicare for All and free college.

“Don’t you think colleges already waste a lot of money?” Stossel asks.

Gabbard agrees, “They do. Absolutely. Why is it costing more and more and more every single year?”

“Look how much more it will cost when it’s free,” says Stossel.

Gabbard responds, “We have to deal with…the root cause of the problem. One of which is…how much administrators of a lot of these colleges are being paid or overpaid.”

Stossel and Gabbard also argue over her proposal for a $15 minimum wage.

“How does that not destroy opportunity for a 17-year-old in his first job who isn’t worth $15 an hour?” Stossel asks.

“I think we’re looking at this as an investment in people,” Gabbard answers. 

In the end, Stossel says, “I’m glad we could have a civil argument about some of these areas where we disagree. Few politicians want to do that anymore.”

She adds: “Look, I love my country. You love our country. Let’s come together as Americans with appreciation for our Constitution, our freedoms, civil liberties and rights, and have this civil discourse and dialogue about how we can move forward together.”

The views expressed in this video are solely those of John Stossel; his independent production company, Stossel Productions; and the people he interviews. The claims and opinions set forth in the video and accompanying text are not necessarily those of Reason.

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eric crittenden
eric crittenden
7 months ago

THE ONLY democrat that has any rational arguments…but her party black lists her and props up all the lunatics…unfuknbelievable.

Paul Parsons
Paul Parsons
7 months ago

I think she's a likeable person, but she's so good at political slickness that people don't actually hear her answer any questions.

Rasputins' Ghost
Rasputins' Ghost
7 months ago

Politics and politicians have got us to this point. How much deeper does it have to be shoved before you feel it?

Stephen Sullivan
Stephen Sullivan
7 months ago

She's the best

adams holzhaus
adams holzhaus
7 months ago

I SOOOOOOO AGREE WITH HER!!!! I joined the military to serve the people, but it took me going to Iraq to realize I was serving politicians. I walked away from the Guard after my time in Iraq.

John Sagar
John Sagar
7 months ago

America is not the worlds policeman,its a murderer thug and bully,stop kidding yourselves

David HTC
David HTC
7 months ago

Kamala is so fucked I'm starting to feel bed for her..haha

Sam Campanella
Sam Campanella
7 months ago

Tulsi will be the 2024 nominee of the Republican Party she'll have to turn christian small price to pay to get the power she wants

xXRAGING- DEATHXx
xXRAGING- DEATHXx
7 months ago

"The Light in the Darkness " #TULSI2020 Nuff Said!

Johnny B.
Johnny B.
7 months ago

She was claiming she is for medicare for all and now all of a sudden it changed. That really sucks.

cooperbry
cooperbry
7 months ago

I like her and if I had to vote for a Democrat, it would be her.

cooperbry
cooperbry
7 months ago

Universal basic income – ugh.

Ross Watkins
Ross Watkins
7 months ago

The American military industrial complex has no moral values

Ross Watkins
Ross Watkins
7 months ago

Her views on foreign policy are correct

Ross Watkins
Ross Watkins
7 months ago

Tulsi is awesome

Warren Redlich
Warren Redlich
7 months ago

30:40 – Insulin was apparently discovered/invented in Canada, not the US. 🙂

Warren Redlich
Warren Redlich
7 months ago

Health care story at 28:00 sounds like baloney. Supposedly this family can't afford health insurance, and it would cost thousands a month for their family.

What happened to The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)? Obama and the Democrats told us it would fix this problem. Are they admitting it hasn't? Then why did they oppose repeal?

Warren Redlich
Warren Redlich
7 months ago

We have troops in 177 countries, not just 80, as Stossel says. That bit starts around 25:10

William Cabell
William Cabell
7 months ago

Tutsi is a phony!!!!! I agree with her about the Middle East, that’s about where it ends period. I know she is a vet, but guess what being a vet doesn’t mean you can’t be a jerk.

art k
art k
7 months ago

Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq …when all the list end.

🇺🇸Thank you for your service Tulsi🇺🇸

TRUE AMERICAN HERO

xxxTW1STEDxxx
xxxTW1STEDxxx
7 months ago

Maybe if colleges had skin in the game and funded the student loans maybe they would do a better job making sure people would graduate and maybe help them get employment. They get the funds from the student loans and most don’t care if you pass or even show up to class.

Oddvard Myrnes
Oddvard Myrnes
7 months ago

With respect to Mrs Gabbard. She is not really advocating the reality I understand. Al Quida is a Sunni Muslim organisation with strong ties to the Salifist ideology. It is a multifacited organisation around the world orgenized by Salafist Mosques. ISIS is also a Sunni organisation with even stronger ties to the Salafist ideology. At the hart of the world Salafist movment you find the Whabists movment in Saudi Arabia. These people are funding all the terrorism in the world. The government in Saudia Arabia control the Whabist's with money. Israel work with Saudi Arabia to split the Arab countries… Read more »

Fooey Yu
Fooey Yu
7 months ago

She has a bad complexion acne scars on her cheeks (period)

Bro Ken
Bro Ken
7 months ago

I dont think she understands what a Prosecutor does. You are there to prosecute criminals that break the laws. You do not get to put your own bias and opinions in it. Prosecutors dont and cant change laws. That job is reserved for the elected officials that are even above her.

Tim Findley
Tim Findley
7 months ago

Tulsi, unlike me, would probably not find much to eat at Taco Bell. We need her foreign policy and her vegan diet.

Bob Owens
Bob Owens
7 months ago

50 years and I can finally stand behind a canadate that's not a dirtbag.tulsi2020

Mr Eurovision Australia
Mr Eurovision Australia
7 months ago

Tulsi Gabbard is easily the most impressive of the Democratic candidates. Her breadth of knowledge and poise in delivery is outstanding.

Bob Owens
Bob Owens
7 months ago

Tulsi stands alone in calling out the the true reason American soldiers are giving there lives.our brave men and woman are being used as chess pieces to further the wealth of these corporate pigs at the expense of the American taxpayer and the media is being used to convince the average American it's for American security.it needs to stop.tulsi 2020

Avneesh Singh Tomar
Avneesh Singh Tomar
7 months ago
erick7777
erick7777
7 months ago

Great interview, loved the last couple of minutes where unity moving forward was addressed.

Spin
Spin
7 months ago

Why is Stossel always a dick?

Lakshya Sharma
Lakshya Sharma
7 months ago

Must hear for all American voters.

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