Tulsi Gabbard makes appeal to Democrats in American Samoa

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PAGO PAGO (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — American Samoa-born presidential hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard, has appealed to Democrats in the U.S. territory to vote for her to be the party’s presidential nominee at the national convention.

Gabbard gave a hearty “Talofa” at the start of an online video in which she also gave thanks to Le Atua or God for sparing American Samoa during recent tropical storms.

Her father, Mike Gabbard, now a Hawaii state representative, was a teacher at the American Samoa Community College, while her mother was a speech therapist at the Department of Education.

Gabbard said some would remember her grandmother Pako Gabbard’s tasty pies, which were sold from her seaside store at Leloaloa.

A member of the U.S. Congress for Hawaii, she is also a member of the Hawaii National Guard, and did two tours of Iraq where she served alongside reservists from American Samoa.

Gabbard said she knew the price of war and as commander in chief would stop wasteful spending on conflict.