Former Democrat Tulsi Gabbard To Campaign For Republicans In Arizona
Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) answers media questions following a campaign event on February 9, 2020 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, who recently announced her departure from the party, will campaign alongside Arizona GOP candidates on Tuesday.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake announced in an email on Monday night that Gabbard will join her and GOP Senate candidate Blake Masters at a young Republican forum.

Gabbard also announced the event on her own social media Monday night with an explanation behind her plans to participate.

“For too long establishment leaders from both parties have sought to enrich themselves, play games, and build up their power while ignoring and even enabling the suffering of millions of hard-working Americans. Kari Lake is a leader who puts people first, is fighting for border security, energy independence, public safety, and other policies that actually make life better and more affordable for the American people,” Gabbard tweeted.

The former Hawaiian Democratic representative also claimed Lake is not afraid to speak out against mainstream media.

“Kari Lake isn’t afraid to call out the warmongering elitist cabal of permanent Washington and the Military Industrial Complex, and their propagandists in the mainstream media. I look forward to supporting @KariLake ahead of these critical midterm elections,” she wrote.

The event is also scheduled to include Republican state attorney general candidate Abraham Hamadeh.

Lake and Masters were both also endorsed by former President Donald Trump in their primaries.

Both candidates face close races in November. Lake faces Democrat Katie Hobbs, the current Arizona secretary of state, in a contest ranked as a toss up by multiple polls.

Hobbs has faced criticism for refusing to debate Lake ahead of the election. In September, her campaign dismissed any debate, referring to Lake as a conspiracy theorist.

“Unfortunately, debating a conspiracy theorist like Kari Lake – whose entire campaign platform is to cause enormous chaos and make Arizona the subject of national ridicule – would only lead to constant interruptions, pointless distractions, and childish name-calling,” Hobbs campaign manager Nicole DeMont said in a statement. “We must respectfully decline the invitation” to debate.

Masters is currently listed as trailing Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly by an average of 4.5%, according to RealClearPolitics. Kelly has been heavily criticized about his voting record on issues related to the border crisis.

Gabbard has also recently campaigned for New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc.

“We don’t agree on every issue, but I am honored to have the support of Tulsi Gabbard who shares my view that the status quo is broken, and we need a change of direction,” Bolduc said in a statement.

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