Tulsi Gabbard finally dropped out of the Democratic presidential race Thursday and endorsed Joe Biden after dragging out her campaign for months despite having virtually no path to the nomination.
In a video posted on Twitter, the Hawaii Democrat said the coronavirus pandemic requires her to give up on her against-all-odds presidential aspirations and stand ready to be deployed as part of her state’s National Guard.
Wearing a white suit and a purple Hawaiian lei around her neck, the Iraq War veteran-turned-congresswoman said she also offers her “full support” for Biden.
“Although I may not agree with the vice president on every issue, I know that he has a good heart and he’s motivated for his love of our country and the American people,” Gabbard said. “I’m confident he will lead our country by the spirit of aloha, respect and compassion.”
Gabbard’s exit officially makes the Democratic primary race a two-man battle between Biden and Bernie Sanders.
However, since Biden swept Tuesday’s primaries in Arizona, Illinois and Florida, Sanders seems to have no real shot at winning enough delegates to claim the nomination. Sanders said Wednesday he’s reassessing his campaign, as Biden emerged as the apparent nominee.