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Tulsi Gabbard begins presidential campaign break for National Guard training

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, participates in s Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

PAUL SANCYA/AP

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 13, 2019

HONOLULU — Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is taking two weeks off from her 2020 Democratic presidential campaign to participate in Army National Guard training.

She will return to the campaign trail Aug. 25.

Gabbard is a major in the Army National Guard who has served in the military for more than 16 years and deployed to Iraq in 2004 and Kuwait in 2008.

She will be participating in a joint-training exercise with the Indonesian military. Gabbard says she is "grateful to be able to serve our country and the American people in many ways, including as a soldier."

Gabbard said last week that her campaign will continue in her absence.

“We’ve got a strong people-­powered campaign, and so we’re working on making sure that our folks are out and they’re continuing to go to the fairs and the town halls and sharing our message as I will be stepping away from the campaign for two weeks to fulfill my duty to the Army National Guard,” she told ABC.

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