Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) officially kicked off her campaign for president Saturday at a rally in Oahu where she spoke strongly about her anti-war political positions and past service in Iraq.
"We must stand up... against powerful politicians from both parties who sit in ivory towers thinking up new wars to wage [and] new places for people to die," said Gabbard.
Gabbard said she "will end the regime change wars that have taken far too many lives and undermined our security by strengthening terrorist groups like al Qaeda."
"These powerful politicians dishonor the sacrifices made by every one of my brothers and sisters in uniform, their families - they are the ones who pay the price for these wars," Gabbard said. "In fact, every American pays the price for these wars, trillions of dollars since 9/11."
"When we raise our right hand and volunteer to serve, we set aside our own interests to serve our country, to fight for all Americans. We serve as one, indivisible, united, unbreakable ― united by this bond of love for each other and love for our country," she said. "It is in this spirit that today I announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America."
She also embodied the "spirit of aloha" in her Hawaii rally, saying: "The White House should be a beacon of aloha."