“My responsibility is to the people of Hawaii and the American people to stand up and fight for what is right and what is in the best interest of our country,” she told the Times. “That has nothing to do with party politics.”
Gabbard, a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee also has publicly denounced chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s decision to limit the number of Democratic debates. She was disinvited from the first Democratic debate.
She gets praise from both sides of the aisle, with Rep. Steve Israel, a Democrat from New York saying, “You couldn’t get a better role model. She reflected the diversity of the caucus and at the same time had amazing credibility on the issue of national security.” Rep. Kevin McArthy of California, who is the republican party’s majority leader, said,”I think she has an opportunity to be a great leader.”