Tulsi Gabbard rejects Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s running-mate offer

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu-American lawmaker and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has revealed that she turned down Robert F Kennedy Jr’s offer to be his running mate in his independent presidential bid. Tulsi Gabbard leaves the Democratic Party in 2022.

ABC News quoted Gabbard as saying, “I met Kennedy several times and we became good friends. He asked if I would be his running mate. After careful consideration, I respectfully declined.”

Gabbard did not give a reason for rejecting the proposal. This information was not disclosed earlier.

Kennedy considered various individuals for the role, including former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and TV host Mike Rowe.

Kennedy announced this at a rally in Oakland, California last week He chose Silicon Valley lawyer Nicole Shanahan as his partner Due to his youth and work in the field of health and artificial intelligence.

A person close to Kennedy told ABC News, “There were certainly meetings, but things didn’t work out. We talked to a lot of people. Whatever happens, Basil is a rock star.”

Tulsi Gabbard’s name also came up earlier President Donald Trump was looking for a possible vice-presidential pick.,

Gabbard, a former representative from Hawaii, ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2019 before leaving the party three years later.

Tulsi Gabbard has written a book named ‘For Love of Country: Leave the Democrat Party Behind’, which is going to be released this month.

Gabbard criticized the Democratic Party in announcing her departure and blamed “war opponents” in the party, “who are driven by cowardly wokeness to divide us by racializing every issue”.

He has also clashed with the party mainstream over issues such as Florida’s controversial ban on LGBTQ+ topics in public school classrooms, which he supported.

During her 2019 White House tenure, Gabbard made history by becoming the first woman of color to secure a delegate to the Democratic National Convention since 1972.

Kennedy and his campaign have not responded to Gabbard’s statement, ABC News reported.

published by:

Girish Kumar Anshul

Published on:

3 April 2024