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Detroit — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has represented Hawaii since 2012, when she became the first Samoan American and first Hindu elected Congress. She's a combat veteran who served in Iraq and Kuwait with the Hawaii National Guard. 

GABBARD ON THE ISSUES

Why she should be president: "I know what patriotism is and I’ve known many great patriots throughout my life. And let me tell you this: Donald Trump is not behaving like a patriot. As president, I will bring this spirit of real patriotism to the White House, serving the interest of all Americans, not just the rich and powerful."

Health care: "The reality is right now, we don’t have a health care system. We have a sick care system, and there are far too many people in this country who are sick and unable to get the care that they need because they cannot afford it... If we’re seeking to really reform our healthcare system, we’ve got to shut out big insurance and big pharma out of the drafting process so they cannot continue to profit off the backs of the sick people in this country who are searching and in desperate need of care."

Immigration: "Our hearts break when we see those children at these detention facilities who've been separated from their parents, when we see human beings crowded into cages in abhorrent, inhumane conditions. This is about leadership and understanding that we can and should have both secure borders as well as humane immigration policies. We will have to stop separating children from their parents, make it so that it's easier for people to seek asylum in this country, make sure that we are securing our borders and making it so that people are able to use our legal immigration system by reforming those laws."

College tuition: "We’ve got to look at the challenge that people all across the country are facing, under crushing student debt. This is something that is impacting my generation in a huge way and I believe that it is our generation that has the bold, creative solutions to be able to solve it. This is about promise for our future and we’ve got to make those kinds of investments."

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Tulsi Gabbard goes after Kamala Harris' record as a prosecutor and attorney general, including a controversial death penalty case. CNN

Taking on Kamala Harris: "Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president. But I’m deeply concerned about this record. The bottom line is, Senator Harris, when you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people’s lives, you did not." 

kbouffard@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @kbouffardDN

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