Local reaction mixed on Gabbard’s plan to seek presidency

The announcement that Hawaii’s U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was going to run for president was met by a few people on Kauai with surprise, praise and hope Friday.

Carol Manera Texeira of Wailua said, “I just heard the news and the shock hasn’t worn off yet. I know it was coming down the pipe, but to actually hear it. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”

Dr. Ramon dela Pena, emeritus professor and regent, University of Hawaii, was also shocked by the news.

“It’s still a long way off, and this is a pretty big jump. I’m not much into big politics, but whenever people — whether they’re in politics, education, or sports — do something big for Hawaii, I’m all for it and will support them,” he said.

“This is a big honor for the state of Hawaii when anyone from Hawaii can go up there and do good for the people — I’m always for that. Go for it!”

When asked about Gabbard’s chances of winning a nationwide election, Lihue resident Gigi Hudson had this to say:

“I don’t know if she has the clout to pull it off, but it would be nice to see a young, Democratic woman in the office.”

Hudson’s husband Derek also said he would like to see Gabbard in office.

“We need somebody with new ideas,” he said, but added she may struggle to get supporters in other parts of the country. “I don’t know if she’s known on the East Coast or in the Midwest at all.”

Several people asked to comment by TGI said they hadn’t heard the news of Gabbard’s intention of running for the president and declined to comment.

  1. Jose Bulatao January 12, 2019 8:58 am Reply

    Tulsi Gabbard for president of the USA? Why not? If she truly has the “qualifications” (whatever they may be), it’s her call! Some may consider her to be too young and too unseasoned, politically, but, what the heck—-if she can handle, manage,inspire, arbitrate, negotiate, lead, analyze, and focus on what she’s doing with competency….if she can cope with the stress, the complexities, and the intrigues that come with international affairs….she just might have the stamina and the youthful energy to “carry on” with flair and flamboyance, and of course, with the essence of aloha already intact! Sincerely, Jose Bulatao, Jr., Kekaha

  2. No get nutz January 13, 2019 10:30 am Reply

    She get’um.
    She can handle.
    She get my vote..

  3. harry oyama January 13, 2019 12:52 pm Reply

    I’ll rather see new young blood in the White House than the establish old farts that are already corrupted being exposed to the special treatment that turns most politicians into rotten parasites satisfiying themselves instead of being public servants.

    Just look at the current situation of the government shutdown when they could have resolve it several times but instead went on Christmas break, then another a week later all paid for by taxpayers while 800,000 work without pay.

    There should be a Constitutional amendment that makes it illegal for Congress to go on vacation without funding the government and a limited time to resolve this issue otherwise all will be disqualified to hold public office because of this felony offense. Yeah, all will be fired and new elections held

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