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Rep. Gabbard featured on ABC Sunday talk show

By Sarah Zoellick

LAST UPDATED: 04:26 a.m. HST, Jun 24, 2013

Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was featured on ABC's This Week "Sunday Spotlight," where she talked about contributions women have made in the U.S. military, the need to put an end to military sexual assault, and her time in office as a Hawaii representative.

"Someone asked me recently when I went back to Hawaii, they said, 'So, you know, how's it going in Congress? Are you fitting in there?' And I told them not fitting in is actually a good thing," Gabbard said on the show.

Gabbard, who served in a field medical unit on a 2004 deployment to Iraq with the Hawaii National Guard, said it¹s pertinent that military leadership responds to sexual harassment issues now.

"When I was deployed to Iraq, we heard and saw incidents that were being reported or incidents that were occurring within our camp," she said on the show. "We got issued rape whistles so that, you know, as we walk out of our tent or walk out of our hooch, we've got our body armor, we¹ve got our helmet, our weapon, and we¹ve got our rape whistle. It was an eye-opening experience to have to consider that fact when we¹re serving overseas in Iraq."

Gabbard also voiced her support for women in combat.

"If you can pull your weight and if you can do the job, you should be able to do it," she said. "What we see in the policy change (to allow women in combat positions) is just a reflection of what women have already been doing in the military."

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allie wrote:
You go girl! Thank God you wiped Mufi off the face of the political map.Finally we can count on competent, honest representation.
on June 23,2013 | 11:39AM
Skyler wrote:
on June 23,2013 | 11:53AM
QueSeraSera wrote:
I'm proud to have voted for her. She's doing an amazing job representing our Aloha state. I just saw this post on her Facebook page about a "web extra" posted here http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/tulsi-gabbard-generation-leaders-19466398 She talks about the "Next Generation of Leaders". Good watch ...
on June 23,2013 | 03:23PM
serious wrote:
On TV and in life, good looks counts.
on June 24,2013 | 04:11AM
peanutgallery wrote:
You're kidding, right??
on June 24,2013 | 04:15AM
pcman wrote:
IRT allie on Mufi. Agree that Tulsi beating Mufi was good. On competent and honest is yet to be seen.
on June 24,2013 | 08:32AM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
Too bad she isn't getting any real work done for the people of Hawaii. Feeding her ego on national television does nothing to help the voters back home!
on June 23,2013 | 12:03PM
bullturd wrote:
Lets set the record straight. Tulsi Gabbard is of Samoan ancestry, her religion is Hindu. Having said that, some! people (especially the other 49 state's) is under the "Announced" impression, that she is of Hindu ancestry. Tulsi, correct me if I have misspoke.
on June 23,2013 | 12:40PM
bullturd wrote:
Follow-up. Information from Wikipedia ".Tulsi Gabbard (born April 12, 1981) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Hawaii's second congressional district since 2013. She is also a Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee.[4] She is the first American Samoan,[5] the first Hindu member,[6] and, along with Tammy Duckworth, one of the first female combat veterans in the United States Congress.[7]
on June 23,2013 | 12:45PM
allie wrote:
her race is not important but ability and hard work is. So far, she is the best, by far, of our 4 person delegation.
on June 23,2013 | 03:46PM
false wrote:
Not saying much, but she's got potential. Let's start seeing something.
on June 23,2013 | 08:17PM
sayer wrote:
The article is about sexual assault in military - what does her religion and ancestry have to do with anything? She's doing a great job as a spokesperson for Hawaii and we should be focusing on the issues.
on June 25,2013 | 12:41AM
false wrote:
Will she sellout americans like all good democrats do?
on June 23,2013 | 02:06PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Only time will tell......
on June 23,2013 | 02:58PM
QueSeraSera wrote:
correction: voted for "her" not "it" in my last comment
on June 23,2013 | 03:28PM
QueSeraSera wrote:
Watch her actions rather than label her. So far I'm proud to have voted for it & I consider myself an independent.
on June 23,2013 | 03:27PM
RetiredUSMC wrote:
The rebulikans have not set the bar very high, Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove and the Iraq War. Seems like selling out is what your party does far better!
on June 24,2013 | 03:07AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Right? Well said.
on June 24,2013 | 06:13AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Haha. Yeah. . your rich Republicans care so much about the poor ones, right?
on June 24,2013 | 06:11AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Per Library of Congress website she has sponsored three - 3 - pieces of legislation. Lots of talk though. Only 3 pieces sponsored since election.
on June 23,2013 | 06:33PM
inverse wrote:
People talk about losing Inouye and seniority. It is clear Gabbard is commanding the respect of her peers and the national media much more than Schatz, Hanabusa or Hirono. It is this kind of respect that will give her and the representation of Hawaii that Hawaii needs to make sure we are well represented in Congress. Although her job was not to kill the enemy, she is a combat veteran, UNLIKE Schatz, Hanabusa and Hirono and is most respected when she talks about issues such as woman in combat or se xual assaualt or harassment of females in the military. I think is abundantly clear in the ABC video, people in Washington DC and the national media see Gabbard as a rising LEADER while Schatz, Hanabusa and Hirono all desperately try to crawl out of obscurity and relevance in DC. Just as supposedly "Hawaii born" Obama has benefited Hawaii as President of the US, Gabbard has the potential to be the first female President of the US and the second born in Hawaii. Forget H Clinton after her failure as Secretary of State and the Benghazi disaster. Clinton's snide and arrogant comments in Congress of "What difference does it make?" regarding the investigation of the Benghazi and the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Stevens will prevent her from ever becoming President or Vice President of the US.
on June 24,2013 | 02:33AM
She is certainly looks very very good ...and express herself with certitude....so many qualities she seem to be developing . I really appreciate that she as ask forgiveness to the gay and lesbian community for her past negative past comments of that community ........contrary to her still gay hater father Mike Gabbard ...who as never apologize and still putting forward bills to demonise the gays and lesbians. Was Tulsi sincere ? At least she did apologize. The big secrets of the Gabbard famaly are all mention on my videos on YOU TUBE ..if you make the proper search . The reality is that TULSI was born and raise in a destructive cult ....with teachings that demonize gays ...its the same cult that as finance her fathers and her own campaing she was raise by the on of the most bigot man in Hawaii She is doing great while her older brother as been arested 5 times in 2013 and is now in a Las vegas jail THE PRESS MUST INVESTIGATE THE CULT THAT HIS FINANCING THE GABBARDS
on June 24,2013 | 11:08AM
sayer wrote:
The people of Hawaii clearly rejected this kind of religious bigotry (not to mention obvious insanity) -- you're not getting any traction here, bud.
on June 25,2013 | 01:09AM
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