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Right from the beginning of the first Presidential debate, it was clear that the debate was aimed as a promotional for Elizabeth Warren. During the first half, Warren was often addressed first on the major issues. Candidates were asked to compare their positions to those of Warren.

To a large applause, Tulsi came out strong on the first question and addressed the key issues important to most Americans. This is important as she she was not asked about most of these issues during the debate.

Here is Tulsi's First answer:

"First, of all, let's recognize the situation we're in, that the American People deserve a President who will put your interests ahead of the rich and powerful. That's not what we have right now.

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"I enlisted in the Army National Guard after the Al Qaida terror attacks on 9/11 so I could go after those who had attacked us on that day. I still serve as a major. I served over 16 years, deployed twice to the Middle East, and in Congress served on the Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Affairs for over six years.

"I know the importance of our national security, as well as the terribly high cost of war. And for too long, our leaders have failed us, taking us from one regime change war to the next, leading us into a new cold war and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned taxpayer dollar and countless lives.

"This insanity must end. As President, I will take your hard-earned taxpayer dollars and instead invest those dollars into serving your needs, things like health care, a green economy, good-paying jobs, protecting our environment and so many more."

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This was followed by a thunderous applause. The audience eagerly waited for more Tulsi but was disappointed by the debate hosts on most issues.

On climate change and the environment, where Tulsi has the most progressive legislation with the Off Act (which takes us off fossil fuels and nuclear power), Tulsi was denied the chance to answer the question. On immigration, where Tulsi has the most solid solution, she was denied the chance to answer the question. On the discussion of the drug war and prison, where Tulsi has introduced legislation to legalize marijuana, she was denied the chance to answer the question. On the wealth gap, where she is a leader on the issue, she was denied the chance to answer the question. Others, such as Warren, Corey Booker, and Beto O'Rourke, were given domestic policy questions in area after area while Tulsi was routinely denied the chance to answer, even when she raised her hand. By the end of the first section, other than her introduction, she had only been given one short comment on a question.

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Much later, she was asked an attack question, based on her parents' position and her childhood position on LGBTQ rights, though Tuls has the strongest pro-LBGTQ voting record (100%) of anyone on the stage, her parents were effectively put on trial in the debate. Tulsi talked about how, in the Iraq War, she risked her life for her LBGTQ brothers and sisters and they would have risked their lives for her. She spoke of her 100% pro- LBGTQ record. Note that Warren was not asked about the fact that she was a Republican until age 47 or about the animosity she showed towards the Palestinian people in her 2016 letter to Barrack Obama, demanding he increase funding to Israel's military. Booker was not asked about his votes against importing prescription medicine (which would have lowered drug prices) or his record of receiving donations from Big Pharma. But Tulsi was attacked on an issue that related to her parents and her youth.

Corey Booker was allowed to jump in after she answered and say that risking her life for her LBGTQ brothers and sisters and her 100% record of supporting the LBGTQ community was not enough. When had Booker, who has a weaker voting record, ever risked his life for anyone?

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Though Booker was allowed to attack Tulsi who had risked her very life for others, Tulsi was not given a chance to rebut or respond to Booker's comments.

Tulsi was the only candidate hit with an attack question from the hosts and the only candidate was attacked by another debater without an opportunity to defend herself.

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It was predictable how MSNBC would start the debate with a question to Warren that was right in her "wheelhouse" allowing her to get her word out first and foremost. Then to top it off they ended the debate with Warren having the last word, intended to give the appearance of her stealing the show from the beginning then giving the people the last impression. So predictable, so phony, so MSNBC.

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Poor Tulsi. So overlooked for all her reputation and past experience.

but,as Kristoff said,today: " Warren's proposals might or might not succeed, but they are serious, based on work by top scholars. She is a believer in a market economy, regulated to keep it from being rigged, and in corporations that contribute to the well-being of all. And while she's no expert on foreign policy, her instincts on avoiding war with Iran and showing concern for Palestinians seem good ones.

"At her best, Warren is also brilliant at shaping the narrative. In 2011, she explained why taxing the rich isn't "class warfare."

"There's nobody in this country who got rich on his own nobody," she said in a clip that went viral. "You built a factory out there? Good for you! But I want to be clear: You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces the rest of us paid for."

She ended with an important point about the corruption that is undoing us.: "You built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless! Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay it forward for the next kid who comes along."

"That's a conversation we need to have in America, and I'm glad Warren is getting attention so that she can make her case. She has been a geyser of smart proposals, including one I particularly like for universal child care. This would resemble the outstanding child care program operated by the U.S. military and would benefit both working moms and at-risk kids.

"Warren also has a range of other proposals, pertaining to everything from election reformto housing, antitrust to corporate governance. Then she offers a wealth tax to help pay for social programs."

I think that experience counts in governing...she knows a thing or two, about Congress where she has been for a long time. Maybe she can appoint Tulsi to some important position in the WH which has been emptied of smart, good people.

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Make no mistake. Tulsi is "overlooked" because she endorsed Sanders over Hillary. Warren, on the other hand, showed she cannot be trusted as she looked out for herself by endorsing Hillary even though the view she was espousing were more in line with Sanders. I prefer someone who stands by their convictions rather than goes with the flow.

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When, in spite of my grave misgivings, Obama was elected with so much jubilation, I thought, naively, that as Commander-In-Chief he could do one thing: shut down the 800 to 1000 US global basis and reign in war. He was never an anti-war or peace candidate, but there was this "hope" thingy.

Well he didn't. As Exceptionalist In Chief he pretty much expanded the MIC in every regard.

We have two critical issues: nuclear war (however it's caused) and climate annihilation/extinction. Both are systemic problems. Tulsi Gabbard addresses the first unflinchingly, the latter is a question mark all the way around.

We are clearly in denial about climate catastrophe. We've done nothing to address it, but rather doubled down on its causes.

Elizabeth Warren is a capitalist and looks to the growth economy as the means to address our ills. When in fact the growth economy is the primary cause of climate catastrophe and our imperial wars. She is also a supporter of the "good war", the kind HRC supported (humanitarian (military) intervention).

Trump is an authentic bull-shitter. Obama was a deceptive bull-shitter, as are all the Dems with the exception of Tulsi Gabbard. (Warren is a bull-shitter with convoluted solutions that would never get passed.) I must say for those candidates who bullshit in two languages - wow that's a lot of bullshit. Gabbard has not only left but right support against war. She could end endless war.

The Mayor of NYC thinks corporations are the problem - what a load of bullshit. He made a deal with the number one corporation (trillion) Amazon to come in and destroy Queens.

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I like Tulsi but was disappointed in her response to Ryan by saying Al Queda did 9/11.

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Wish she should have mentioned how since we got in Afghanistan poppy production quadrupled, so we helped the drug cartel.

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I felt Tulsi had all the cards stacked against her and in light of that did a good job. The few questions she was asked to respond to were those the paid for media has been smearing her with all along. When she did make a good point there was always a true blue bought and paid for centrist to attempt to put her down Ryan and Booker come to mind. Actually, I felt they made her look better than they, especially Ryan who came off as a thug and Booker who obviously did as he was instructed but proved he didn't listen to what Tulsi had said regarding her willingness to put her life on the line for the LBGTQs in the military. IMHO she does need to get more intuned to economic aspects, but I fee her presence is more "presidential" than the others. Warren has to almost shout when she gets a point across as do others. Tulsi comes off "matter of factly" and more believable.

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The handwriting is on the wall. There is a fix in for the media to make the D nomination look like an exciting horse race between Biden and Warren.

Warren has been thoroughly vetted that she will support the status quo. If Biden flubs as is his want, Warren is the backup.

All that is left is for Warren to promise to close Gitmo. A decade after Obama promised to close it, it is still open.

The US economy is now so dependent on the mic that social programs are DOA.

In the end, Trump will get another 4 years.

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I agree that Tulsi Gabbard was winner of last night's debate. That said, I must push back on your pillory of Warren. My hope is for a Warren/Gabbard ticket, so I'm subjective on both opinions. Warren is the candidate rational Americans want debating whatever unfortunate soul that ends up representing the Republican Party. If The Donald is the debater. it will not bode well for the GOP. They will lose house and senate with a Warren win. Gabbard will be the president one day. I have no doubt of that. But I would very much like to see her as Vice President first of Secretary of State.

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Warren wants it all to come down to making capitalism work. That's a fatal flaw. Beyond that she's lost and holds on to a foreign policy of American exceptionalism.


I think she'd have a tough time debating Trump.

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I see Warren as being akin to a cheerleader rather than a leader. She has a history of shouting loud and clear on matters that occur, but that is where it stops as I have not seen her sponsor any bills that do anything about what she is shouting about. For example, she rails about Wall Street, as she knows that is something the majority of people have an issue with, yet like a barking dog, she offers no bite. Then, I have a difficult time attempting to know exactly where she is coming from especially after she endorsed Hillary in 2016 in spite of the fact Hillary was a 180 degree about-face on what Warren was voicing. It indicates how little conviction she has over what she says and being politically correct is.

I think to a somewhat lesser degree the same can be said about Sanders as he, in light of being illegally treated in the 2016 primary, still endorsed Hillary. While I feel that hurt him in the eyes of the populace it did not help him in the Democrat party as they are still doing all in their power to diminish his run this year.

That said the reason I feel Tulsi Gabbard is the best choice for 2020 is she has proved she puts her conviction above the politically correct thing by resigning her position as #2 in the DNC, which supposedly made it illegal for a member to take sides in the election process, therefore she left in order to endorse Sanders as his views were more aligned to hers. Doing this she was aware of the Hillary revenge thing, yet did it anyway. We need a leader with those strong convictions, doing what is right rather than what is expected.

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Warren's message is garbled, chasing polls with little to show, as you say, in terms of action.

Gabbard is the complete opposite, she is not chasing, but leading. She stays focused.

While Tusi supports all the rights of quality of life, of people over profits, she intuitively knows that the twin obstacles of war and climate chaos must be addressed first.

The system, in the end, will not tolerate such a direct attack. The system knows that in the end the rest of the D pack will not be a real threat regardless what they say.

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