Tulsi Gabbard: Kamala Harris Needs To Be Held Accountable For Her Record On Criminal Justice


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) speaks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about the second night of the Democratic primary debate and her clash with Sen. Kamala Harris over her record as a prosecutor.

"She never answered the question," Gabbard said about Harris. "I didn't come into this with a tactical strategy, obviously we're aware of the positions the other candidates have taken and given the opportunity of discussing this incredibly important issue of criminal justice reform... People like Kamala Harris need to be held accountable for their record, not for something that she said or did 50 years ago, this is something she did in her last job before she was elected as a U.S. senator."

Gabbard also responded to Harris calling her an Assad apologist in her own post-debate interview, saying: "I think It’s unfortunate and a disservice to voters in this country that she resorts to cheap smears rather than actually addressing her record, the issues that I have raised."

"I have seen the cost of war firsthand," Gabbard said. "I will never apologize for doing all I can to prevent more of my brothers and sisters from being sent into harm’s way to fight counter-productive regime-change wars that make our country less safe and take lives and cost taxpayers trillions of more dollars. So if that means meeting with a dictator or meeting with an adversary, absolutely I would do it."

When Cooper asked Gabbard if she considers Assad to be a torturer, Gabbard said: "That’s not what this is about, I don’t defend or apologize or have anything to do with what he has done to his own people."

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