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Tulsi Gabbard on calls for impeachment, US-Iran tensions


♪♪ BRIAN: YOU JUST HER FROM JOHN ROBERT AS THE UNITED NATIONS. YOU’VE BEEN SEEING REPORTING THROUGH WASHINGTON. SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TOMORROW AT 4:00 WILL MEET WITH OTHER DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN AND WOMEN TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO ABOUT POSSIBLY IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. JOINING SITTING CONGRESSWOMAN WHO WANTS TO BE THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE AND EVENTUALLY THE PRESIDENT, CONGRESSWOMAN TULSI GABBARD OF HAWAII. GREAT TO SEE YOU. FIRST OFF YOU CAN’T BE THERE AT 4:00 TOMORROW.>>ACTUALLY I WILL BE THERE TOMORROW. BRIAN: YOU WILL BE THERE. WILL YOU TO TO THE MEETING?>>YEAH. BRIAN: WHERE DO YOU STAND RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF IMPEACHMENT OR INQUIRY?>>I’VE BEEN CONSISTENT SAYING I BELIEVE IMPEACHMENT IN THIS JUNCTURE WOULD BE TERRIBLY DIVISIVE FOR THE COUNTRY AT A TIME WHERE WE’RE ALREADY EXTREMELY DIVIDED. THE HYPERPARTISANSHIP IS ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS DRIVING OUR COUNTRY APART. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP. THAT IS WHY I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE HEARD. BRIAN: PEOPLE VOTING FOR YOU YOUR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS EXPERIENCE, THE TIMES YOU SERVED. YOU’VE BEEN VERY CRITICAL OF SAUDI ARABIA AND OUR ALLIANCE WITH THEM. YESTERDAY, BRITAIN, FRANCE, GERMANY, JOINED THE U.S. BLAMING IRAN FOR THE ATTACKS ON SAUDI ARABIA. DO YOU BELIEVE SINCE SAUDI ARABIA HAS BEEN A LONG TIME ALLY, THAT AMERICA HAS A ROLE IN SOMEHOW MAKING THEM PAY FOR THAT TYPE OF HEINOUS ACT?>>NO. I THINK WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND CLEARLY THE SITUATION THAT EXISTS. FIRST OF ALL THE UNITED STATES HAS NO TREATY ALLIANCE OR SECURITY AGREEMENT WITH SAUDI ARABIA. SO THE UNITED STATES RESPONDING ON BEHALF OF SAUDI ARABIA WOULD BE REALLY UNPRECEDENTED. SECOND WE’VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND THAT IRAN IS RETALIATING. THIS SITUATION JUST DIDN’T COME OUT OF NOWHERE. THESE CRIPPLING SANCTIONS HAVE REALLY CRIPPLED IRAN’S ECONOMY AND SO THIS RESPONSE IS BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT ABLE TO SELL THEIR OIL ON THE MARKET. THE DANGER OF CONTINUING THIS TIT-FOR-TAT, THIS CYCLE OF MUTUAL RETALIATION, WHERE DOES IT END? IT ENDS IN ALL-OUT INFERNO ACROSS IRAN AND MIDDLE EAST, COSTING US AMERICAN LIVES, COSTING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS DOLLARS. BRIAN: RIGHT.>>INCREASING THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN THE REGION. THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT SERVES OUR INTERESTS OR ANYONE ELSE’S. BRIAN: I THINK YOU WOULD AGREE BETWEEN HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS, FINANCING OF THAT THEY CREATE MORE UNREST OF ANY OTHER PLAYER.>>I MAKE NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT IRAN DOES. OUR INTERESTS NEED TO BE WHAT IS BEST INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT WE KEEP THAT AT THE FOREFRONT. BRIAN: YOU’VE BEEN UPSET A LITTLE BIT THE DNC GOING FAST AND LOOSE WITH THE DEBATE RULES AS YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. YOU JUST COME OUT AS OF YESTERDAY, NEW RULES AND CRITERIA TO QUALIFY FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF DEBASEMENTS HERE WE GO. YOU NEED DONATIONS FROM 165,000 SEPARATE DONORS. 600 UNIQUE DONORS IN 20 STATES. YOU’RE LOOKING WITH ME FOR THE FIRST TIME, RIGHT.>>CAME OUT LAST NIGHT. BRIAN: 3% OF AT LEAST 4 APPROVED NATIONAL OR EARLY STATE POLLS OR NEW HAMPSHIRE, SOUTH CAROLINA, IOWA OR NEVADA. HAVE YOU HIT THIS CRITERIA OR ARE YOU CLOSE?>>WE HAVE FAR SURPASSED THE GRASSROOTS DONOR REQUIREMENT WEEKS AGO, EITHER PREVIOUS REQUIREMENT AS WELL AS THE NEW ONE THAT HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED. IT IS POLLING REQUIREMENTS THAT HAVE REALLY BEEN KIND OF ARBITRARY WHICH POLLS THEY, THE DNC RECOGNIZES AS CREDIBLE, WHICH ONES THEY DON’T. THIS IS THE PROBLEM. NOT JUST FOR ME AND MY CAMPAIGN BUT REALLY THE PROBLEM IS FOR VOTERS WHO ARE SEEING A LACK OF TRANSPARENCY, LACK TRUST IN THE PROCESS AND ARE QUESTIONING IS THIS REALLY WORKING FOR US OR IS THE DNC JUST TRYING TO BE THESE GATEKEEPERS IN WASHINGTON DICTATING TO VOTERS IN THE EARLY STATES ESPECIALLY LIKE IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE WHO THEY ARE ALLOWED TO CHOOSE FROM TO BE OUR DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE. THAT IS THE PROBLEM. BRIAN: I KNOW ONE THING IS PRETTY CERTAIN, YOU’RE ONE CANDIDATE WHO WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED. YOU MADE THAT CLEAR.>>NOT AS A CANDIDATE, NOT AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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