Candidate Profile
Tulsi Gabbard

Democrat

Biography

Name
Tulsi Gabbard
Party
Democrat
Race
President of the U.S.
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  30% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  29% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019:  5%, 16% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  13%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  1%, 13% (cum.)
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  11%
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  11% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  10%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  18%, 9% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  0%, 8% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2018:  8%, 7% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2018:  16%, 7% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2018:  4%
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  0%
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  0%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  0%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  0%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  0%
FRC Action, 2019:  0%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  F-
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  0%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  0%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  F
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  F

7%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  100%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  100%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  100%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  100%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2018:  100%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  100%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  100%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  100%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  A
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  100% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2018:  100%
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  100%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  97%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  92%, 96% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  94%, 96% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2018:  89%, 95% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  95%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  91%, 93% (cum.)
Common Cause, 2017-18:  93%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  88%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  79%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  75%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F

92%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Liberals

1
Mike Gravel

Selected Contributions

Conservative

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Timothy Mellon (2019)

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
22
ActBlue (2019), AmeriPac: The Fund for a Greater America (2016), Ann Mclane Kuster (2015), Brad Schneider (2014), Cindy Axne (2018), Colleen Hanabusa (2013) and 16 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
85
ActBlue (2019), Airline Pilots Association (2017), Alice Costandina "Dina" Titus (2013), Aloha PAC (2013), Amalgamated Transit Union (2016), American Association for Justice (2017) and 79 more

Summary

100%

LIBERAL

0%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

(Did not answer)

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard opposes legislation that allowed states to “defund” Planned Parenthood through Title X.  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard says "I do think that there should be some restrictions in place. I support codifying Roe v. Wade while making sure that, during the third trimester, abortion is not an option unless the life or severe health consequences of a woman are at risk."  Source

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  No. Voted against S. 311.  Source


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

(Did not answer)

What changes should be made to the tax code?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbards wants to make permanent and expand the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and tax Wall Street.  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard says “We need to reinvest in and expand our two major Social Security programs, Old-Age, Survivors, Insurance (OASI) and Disability Insurance (DI). Primarily, my administration will ensure Social Security's solvency by taking the trillions of tax dollars now spent on military spending and tax giveaways to the wealthiest American families and corporations and reinvesting them in these two Social Security programs."  Source

What is your position on the minimum wage?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard says "I'm a cosponsor of the legislation in Congress to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars."  Source

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

(Did not answer)


Religious Liberty

Government should not discriminate against individuals, organizations, or business owners who affirm marriage as between one man and one woman.

(Did not answer)

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  In an article written by Gabbard she states, "Enshrined in our Constitution is the separation of state and religion, which means that people’s religion should play no part in their qualification to serve our country in any capacity."  Source

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

(Did not answer)

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard was a "co-sponsor of a Medicare for All bill in the House, but she also has said she supports keeping private insurance, which that bill would not do. In addition, her website says she wants to cover everyone via 'Medicare or a public option.'”  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  No. "As president, I will work to ensure all Americans have that quality healthcare through a single-payer system that is incentivized to increase health and prevent and heal disease, whilst allowing individuals to access private insurance if they choose."  Source


National Security

What is the best way to maintain peace and protect national security?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard says "as president, I will lead this country to bring about a bold change in our foreign policy that bends the arc of history away from war and towards peace. That stops wasting our resources, and our lives on regime change wars, and redirects our focus and energy towards peace and prosperity for all people. The time is now to give up the gunboat diplomacy of the past, and instead, work out our differences with communication, negotiations, and goodwill."  Source

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard has publicly called for increased bombing campaigns to target terrorist groups in Syria, and expressed a preference for drone-strike military operations over ground wars. She is a proponent of a cost-effective military strategy, rather than the non-interventionism approach that has been attributed to her. "Gabbard has also taken heat for challenging President Barack Obama for refusing to characterize the Islamic State using the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”"  Source


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard says "... there is a lack of resources to deal with the border situation. We need to update our legal immigration system."  Source

Children covered by DACA should be granted legal citizenship.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard supports a path to citizenship and says, "Most urgently, we must pass DACA to ensure children who know no other home are allowed to remain in the US and take steps to ensure children are not separated from their parents."  Source

How would you re-write immigration laws?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard says "It will be my policy to balance border security, have an asylum process that reflects our values as a nation of immigrants, and include a path to legal status for dreamers."  Source


Education

How would you improve the quality of education in the United States?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard supported and voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which gives states more flexibility to determine the best way to measure success in their schools, and provides support for innovation, teacher quality, STEM education, and more.  Source

I support charter schools.

(Did not answer)


Values

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard says "she is committed to fight to ensure all individuals are treated equally under the law regardless of race, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity."  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard says "I was raised in a multi-faith family studying both the Christian and Hindu scriptures. We observed Christmas and Janmastami (the birth of Jesus and the birth of Krishna)."  Source


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard opposes the death penalty.  Source

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard co-sponsored The Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed, Safely Transitioning Every Person (FIRST STEP) Act, H.R. 5682, that would lower mandatory minimum sentencing.  Source

How would you address the overcrowding of jails?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard says "as president I’ll end the failed war on drugs, legalize marijuana, end cash bail, and ban private prisons and bring about real criminal justice reform."  Source


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  No. "Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) spoke in support of H.R.4909, the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act—legislation she has co-sponsored that would increase federal funding for schools in Hawaii and across the country to strengthen school violence prevention measures. This funding may not be used for arming teachers and school personnel, or training in the use of a firearm."  Source

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  “We don’t have to wait for answers to these questions for Congress to pass legislation already supported by a majority of Americans, like universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole and reinstating a federal ban on military-style assault weapons.”  Source


Other Important Issues

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard co-sponsered legislation to form a commission to study whether black Americans should receive reparations for slavery.  Source

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

(Did not answer)

The United States should not have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard says "The Paris Climate Agreement marks the first universal, legally-binding commitment to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean energy."  Source

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard voted "yes" on HRes 246 opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel.  Source  Source

The Electoral College should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Gabbard says "There are reforms that need to take place to make it so that our votes are being cast, and counted and represented in the outcome of our elections," Gabbard told a Fox News reporter. "I think there are pros and cons to the existing electoral college and to getting rid of it."  Source

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

(Did not answer)


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