Tulsi Gabbard has abandoned her former Democratic political positions. Is this a desire to serve Donald Trump?

KAILUA, Hawaii − Tulsi Gabbard has made a significant change in her political journey since leaving the Democratic Party in 2022 and registering as an independent. The former presidential candidate and four-term congresswoman’s career has been defined by championing progressive policies such as gun control, climate action and abortion rights.

Today, the 43-year-old actively launches her name in the mixture to serve in a future Republican administrationmaybe even as long term choice being Donald Trump’s vice-presidential running mate.

Gabbard’s pivot began with her harsh criticism of Democrats. She has since echoed pro-Russian conspiracy theories, expressed skepticism about abortion access and questioned the value of spending money on climate change initiatives. These changes mark her departure from the progressive platform that initially brought her to national prominence.

His new positions could appeal to some conservative voters, but they also risk alienating MAGA supporters who question his ideological consistency. As a former rival to current Vice President Kamala Harris in the 2020 Democratic primaries, Gabbard’s transformed positions could expose her to attacks from Democrats who view her as a political opportunist.

Scott Walker, former Wisconsin governor and Trump’s 2016 rival, wrote: last week in the Washington Times, he praised Gabbard’s recent political transformation and her harsh criticism of the Biden administration. He said it “might be worth it” for Trump to tap Gabbard for a Cabinet position “where her views align with those of the president,” noting that she has publicly expressed interest in being secretary of defense or secretary of state.

But Walker also added, “I don’t want someone with such a liberal voting record to be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office.”

Here’s a look at some of Gabbard’s changing policy positions:

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Abortion

During her early years in Congress, Gabbard maintained a 100% voting record with Planned Parenthood and NARAL, and supported the regulation of abortions during the third trimester of pregnancy.

“The very real possibility that Roe v. Wade being canceled terrifies me. I am tired of women’s bodies being used as a pawn for politicians to gain cheap political points, at the expense of their freedom and security.” Gabbard said on a questionnaire ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

But years later, in a statement regarding her public decision to leave the Democratic Party, Gabbard criticized the Biden administration’s October 2022 arrest and indictment of several anti-abortion activists who allegedly blocked access to a clinic.

She also criticized Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for their statements about the “illegitimacy of the Supreme Court,” following the justices’ 6-3 decision in 2022 in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case that overturned Roe v. Wade.

Tulsi Gabbard speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2023, at…

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