Tulsi Gabbard in Democratic candidates debate in Detroit Michigan, July 30-31, 2019


On Energy & Oil: Off Fossil Fuel Act: plan to deal with climate change

Long before there was ever a Green New Deal, I introduced the most ambitious climate change legislation ever in Congress called the Off Fossil Fuels Act. That actually laid out an actionable plan to take us from where we are today to transition off of fossil fuels and invest in green renewable energy, invest in workforce training, invest in the kinds of infrastructure that we need to deal with the problems and the challenges that climate is posing to us today.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Free Trade: TPP gave away our sovereignty to international panel

Q: Many saw the Trans-Pacific Partnership as something that would be a critical tool to deal with the rise of China. You were against it. How would you ensure that the US is able to remain competitive against China?

GABBARD: By pushing for fair trade, not trade deals that give away the sovereignty of the American people and our country, that give away American jobs, and that threaten our environment. These are the three main issues with that massive trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. I think the central one was the fact that it gave away our sovereignty to a panel of international corporations whose rulings would supersede any domestic law that we would pass, either a federal law or a state or a local law. This is extremely dangerous and goes against the very values that we have as a country. And it would have a negative impact on domestic jobs and that it lacked clear protections for our environment.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Free Trade: Don't keep Trump tariffs on China

Q: Would you keep President Trump's tariffs on China in place?

GABBARD: I would not, because the approach that President Trump has taken has been extremely volatile without any clear strategic plan, and it has a ravaging and devastating effect on our domestic manufacturers, on our farmers, who are already struggling and now failing to see the light of day because of the plan that Trump has taken.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Health Care: We don't have a healthcare system; it's a sick-care system

Right now, we don't have a healthcare system. We have a sick care system, and there are far too many people who are sick and unable to get the care they need because they cannot afford it. If we're seeking to reform our healthcare system, we've got to shut 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 in desperate need of care.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Homeland Security: I will work to end this new Cold War

Donald Trump and warmongering politicians in Washington have failed us. They escalate tensions with other nuclear-armed countries, pushing us closer to the brink of nuclear catastrophe. I will end these wasteful regime change wars, work to end this new Cold War through the use of diplomacy to de-escalate these tensions and take the trillions of dollars that we've been wasting on these wars and weapons and redirect those resources into serving the needs of our people here at home.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Immigration: Don't treat immigrants as second-class, but no free college

Q: You are a co-sponsor of the College-for-All Act which would make public colleges and universities free for all Americans. One of the authors of that plan, Senator Sanders, believes college should be tuition-free for undocumented immigrants as well. Do you?

GABBARD: I don't. I think it's important for us to fix our legal immigration system and look at the millions of undocumented immigrants in this country who have been suffering as they've been living in the shadows. And instead of putting a band-aid on this problem, fix our legal immigration system to provide them with that pathway to legal residency or citizenships, that they are no longer treated as second-class citizens in this country. 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.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Immigration: Secure borders AND humane immigration policies

Our hearts break when we see children at these detention facilities who've been separated from their parents, when we see human beings crowded into cages in abhorrent, inhumane conditions. We can have both secure borders as well as humane immigration policies. We have to stop separating children from their parents, make it easier for people to seek asylum, make sure that we are securing our borders and by reforming those laws.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Principles & Values: Bring spirit of patriotism to the White House

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. I'll bring this unifying spirit of love for country and the soldier's values of service above self to the White House, truly leading a government of by and for the people.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On War & Peace: No arbitrary deadline, but out of Afghanistan in one year

I was deployed to Iraq in 2005 during the height of the war where I served in a field medical unit where every single day I saw the high cost of war. This is not about arbitrary deadlines. This is about leadership to do the right thing to bring our troops home, within the first year in office, because they shouldn't have been there this long. We have to do the right thing, end these wasteful regime change wars, and bring our troops home.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

The above quotations are from Democratic candidates debate in Detroit Michigan, July 30-31, 2019.
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