Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has resigned her position as co-chair of the Democratic National Committee and announced she is backing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.
Gabbard made the announcement Sunday on "Meet the Press."
"As a veteran and as a soldier I've seen firsthand the true cost of war," Gabbard said. "I served in a medical unit during my first deployment, where every single day I saw firsthand the very high human cost of that war. I see it in my friends, who now a decade after we've come home are, still struggling to get out of a black hole."
Gabbard said the next commander-in-chief must look "at the consequences of the actions they're looking to take before they take those actions so we don't continue to find ourselves in these failures that have resulted in chaos in the Middle East and so much loss of life."
Gabbard said in a memo to her fellow DNC officers that she has taken her job to remain neutral seriously, but now feels the need to back Sanders, Politico reports.
"There is a clear contrast between our two candidates with regard to my strong belief that we must end the interventionist, regime change policies that have cost us so much," she wrote. "This is not just another 'issue.' This is THE issue, and it’s deeply personal to me."
On "Meet the Press," moderator Chuck noted that just a month ago, Gabbard told Fox News that the next president needed a "military mindset."
Sanders has such a mindset, she insisted, saying, "what that military mindset means is you go through an analysis process as you're looking at potential courses of action that you're going to take and how and when we use our military power."
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