The open letter from Allan Hoe, requesting the consideration of Tulsi for the Senate seat, could not say it better. We, who have signed this petition, agree:
"The names we’ve heard would all be good U.S. Senators. I do not doubt that. But when I look back at Senator Inouye’s story and then look at all the challenges our state and country face – paralyzing politics, a struggling economy, and the ongoing costs of war, in blood and treasure – we need more than a good Senator. We need a great Senator – someone with a heroic story and a fresh approach to politics.
I believe Representative-Elect Tulsi Gabbard is the right person for the job. As a Combat Veteran she has proven her courage and determination. Not only did she talk the talk but she walked it as well. She volunteered to serve her country – becoming the youngest person ever to serve in Hawaii’s legislature but deploying to the Middle East twice as well. Tulsi was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for her first tour in Iraq, earned a commission as an officer, and was the first woman to ever receive an award of appreciation by the Kuwaiti military.
The U.S. Senate needs more combat veterans. While this body is deciding the fate of our soldiers – the equipment they have, how we care for them when they come home, even when we put their lives at risk – far too few of them have actually served in battle. That number will be one less should Senator Kerry become Secretary of State.
As a combat veteran myself. I’ve seen how war has drained our country – with trillions spent and thousands of lives lost or destroyed by conflict. We need a Senator who, like Senator Inouye and myself, understands this.
Becoming the first woman combat veteran in the U.S. Senate, Tulsi would have the stature to be heard in national politics and get real results for Hawaii families. While both of Hawaii's senators will have essentially no seniority, Tulsi has already proven her ability to gain the attention of the national Democratic Party, build a grassroots movement, and be heard when she fights for Hawaii. Her role as the only veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in the U.S. Senate would give her an important and unique voice."