Editor’s Note: In June 2012, Civil Beat sent 10 questions to each of the candidates registered to run in the Aug. 11 primary for U.S. Representative Congressional District 2. Seven of the eight responded, including Tulsi Gabbard. The questions and answers are reproduced below in full. Read responses by Mufi Hannemann, Ester Kiaaina and Bob Marx to see how Gabbard’s positions compares to those of her main competitors. Click on each topic listed below to read Civil Beat’s question and Gabbard’s response.Drone Strikes Transportation Federal Debt Economic Growth Health Care Policy Global Warming Bipartisanship District Distinctions 112th Congress Overlooked Issue
1. President Obama has significantly increased the use of drones to assassinate terrorist targets. The policy has been criticized for denying due process rights for at least one American target, and for the collateral killing of civilians. Do you support this policy — why or why not?
We’ve learned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that the best way to defeat the terrorists is through strategically placed, small quick-strike special forces and drones — the strategy that took out Osama Bin Laden. We also know that civilian casualties are much lower with this strategy than with conventional strategy. However, we must improve safeguards to avoid civilian causalities. ↩ back to top
2. Transportation and infrastructure are critical to an island state — especially the neighbor islands. How would you work to increase federal support for Hawaii’s roads, airports and harbors?
Hawaiʻi’s infrastructure is in desperate need of upgrading, including its antiquated water delivery and waste removal systems, roads, airports, and harbors. All levels of government should put taxpayer dollars …