He is suspending his election campaign for two weeks because he is in reserve military practice in Indonesia, said Hawaii spokeswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential aspirant.
“I am again wearing a military uniform and participating in a joint military exercise with the Indonesian army in Indonesia,” the spokeswoman told CBS television. He added, “I love my country in many ways, including serving as a soldier.” The 38-year-old politician is commander of the National Guard in Hawaii and has twice served in the Middle East. He served in Iraq for one year in 2004 and Kuwait in 2008-2009.
He is the first Samoan-born and the first Hindu politician to be elected to the Congress in 2013. Member of the Armed Forces Committee at the Washington House of Representatives.
Speaking to Fox television, Gabbard emphasized that he does not believe that his short absence will adversely affect his chances of being elected as president.
According to various polls, Tulsi Gabbard’s support is currently barely two percent.