Tulsi Gabbard May Well Be a VP Candidate – and Not for Donald Trump

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It is not just Donald Trump who is considering former Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard as a potential presidential running mate. 

On Friday, it was reported that Gabbard was one of six people on the list of independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to serve as his running mate.

NBC News reported: 

Neither involve the Democratic Party, which Gabbard used to represent until she left it in 2022. The four-term former member of Congress from Hawaii is now getting consideration for both former President Donald Trump’s and independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s tickets, two sources familiar with the candidates’ deliberations told NBC News.

It’s a remarkable turnaround for the onetime progressive rising star, who within the span of eight years has gone from supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign to running for the Democratic presidential nomination herself in 2020, eventually endorsing President Joe Biden, before then gravitating to the right and becoming a regular conservative media personality and conference speaker.

However, the report noted that the interest from the Trump campaign makes the possibility of joining Kennedy on the ticket less likely 

Gabbard’s 2024 possibilities are not fully in her control, nor are they both equally likely. As one source said, Gabbard would be more likely to seriously consider running as Kennedy’s vice presidential nominee had she not been swept up by the possibility of serving with Trump. This person said Gabbard “was enticed” by the chance of serving on Kennedy’s ticket but is now focused on the possibility that Trump will select her. 

Trump allies and insiders say that while she may be getting a look from the former president, she’s an unlikely choice at best, though she could still land another role in the campaign or in a potential future administration. Some on the right have floated her for defense secretary or another national security post. She was one of the only Democrats who met with Trump during his transition in 2016, as he was interviewing people for posts in his administration.

Gabbard has previously made no secret of her willingness to join Trump on the ticket if asked, and recently headlined a fundraiser for him in Palm Beach. 

“I would be open to that,” she said in an interview with Fox News host Jesse Watters. “My mission is to serve our country. I want to be in a position to solve problems.”

Gabbard announced her decision to leave the Democratic Party in 2022, describing it as an “elitist cabal of warmongers who are driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue and stoking anti-white racism who actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms that are enshrined in our Constitution.” 

Since then, she has appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference and positioned herself as someone willing to work with Republicans and the MAGA movement. 

Nevertheless, Gabbard would still be an unconventional choice for Trump, although perhaps less so for Kennedy. As a former Democrat, she previously endorsed the candidacies of both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, and holds progressive positions on issues ranging from abortion and the environment to drug policy and LGBT rights. 

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