By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who’s still vying for her party’s 2020 presidential nomination against all odds, said Tuesday she’s not been given any explanation from CNN as to why the network has not invited her to a series of town hall events ahead of the crucial New Hampshire primaries.
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According to The Hill, Gabbard is currently polling 4.8 percent in the RealClearPolitics index of polls in New Hampshire, ahead of tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, businessman Tom Steyer and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
The news outlet reported that while Gabbard has been shut out, “Yang, Steyer and Patrick, along with former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, all received invites to participate in the two-night event.”
Gabbard says her campaign has reached out to the little-watched cable news outlet but has so far not received any response.
“We have reached out, I think, more than once, and we received no explanation,” Gabbard told Fox News on Tuesday.
“I don’t even think we’ve gotten a response to date about why they’re excluding the first female combat veteran ever to run for president, the only woman of color in the race,” she added.
Asked about not being invited to the @CNN town halls next week in NH, @TulsiGabbard tells @foxnewspolitics "we received no explanation. I don't even think we've gotten a response to date about why they're excluding the first female combat veteran ever to run for president" #FITN pic.twitter.com/njxusUoXWt
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) January 28, 2022
Gabbard is a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard and served in a medical unit in Iraq from 2004-2005.
While she likely knows why she’s being shut out, we have some ideas of our own.
First, recall Gabbard’s decision to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and her skepticism over claims he twice used chemical weapons against his own people did not earn her any plaudits from the Democratic Party establishment.
Also, she resigned as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 after serving three years to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy. Plus, her political platform is very similar to his.
Finally — and this is the kicker — her public feuding with failed two-time Democratic presidential contender and consummate deep state insider Hillary Clinton are all likely driving CNN’s decisions to edge her out of Democrat presidential events.
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CNN announced last Friday it will host eight Democratic presidential town halls over a two-night period from New Hampshire ahead of the party’s first primary slated for Feb. 11, The Hill added.
The network format has candidates appearing back-to-back on Feb. 5 and 6 at Saint Anselm College.
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