"I know firsthand the cost of war," said Gabbard, 38. "The most important responsibility that the president has is to serve as commander-in-chief. And the experience and the understanding that I bring to that forefront makes me uniquely qualified to fill that position to bring about an end to regime-change wars, to work to end this new Cold War and nuclear arms race."
If military spending is cut, it means money can be redirected and invested in those living in
"Why talk about the cost of war so much?" she asked. "It is because unless we address this cost of war, unless we shift the priorities in this country, we will not have what we need to meet those needs that we have. We will not have the resources to invest in the kind of future and today that we need to see."
Gabbard's stump speech stood out to
Though she hasn't chosen a candidate to support, she thought Gabbard's position on foreign affairs was strong.
"She has served herself," she said. "You know, you can't necessarily talk the talk unless you've walked it. So I really appreciate that in a candidate."
One of Gabbard's points receiving the most applause Tuesday was her call for Medicare for all.
In a Medicare-for-all bill, she said, a "baseline level of quality care" could be created, and people could choose to buy private insurance beyond that.
"Medicare for all brought me here," said
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