Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) dropped out of the 2020 presidential contest on Thursday and will be endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden.
“So today, I’m suspending my presidential campaign, and offering my full support to Vice President Joe Biden in his quest to bring our country together,” Gabbard said in a video statement posted on Twitter.
— Tulsi Gabbard ???? (@TulsiGabbard) March 19, 2020
In a letter to supporters, Gabbard cited the reason why she will be endorsing Biden for president. In 2016, she endorsed Biden opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“After Tuesday’s primary results, it is clear that Democratic Primary voters have chosen Vice President Joe Biden to be the person who will take on President Trump in the general election,” Gabbard wrote. “I know Vice President Biden and his wife and am grateful to have called his son Beau, who also served in the National Guard, a friend. Although I may not agree with the Vice President on every issue, I know that he has a good heart and is motivated by his love for our country and the American people. I’m confident that he will lead our country guided by the spirit of aloha — respect and compassion — and thus help heal the divisiveness that has been tearing our country apart.”
She went on to extended her best wishes to Sanders, his wife Jane, his campaign staff and his supporters “for the work they’ve done.”
“I have a great appreciation for Senator Sanders’ love for our country and the American people and his sincere desire to improve the lives of all Americans,” she said.
During her long shot campaign run, Gabbard won only two delegates in total, while having dismally low finishes in every primary and caucuses held. According to Advertising Analytics, she spent $5.3 million since running, with $2.9 million being spent on ads in Facebook and Google.