Mari Gabbard, a Democrat representing Hawaii in Congress, said “it’s time to stop trying to divide us” in a speech to the party at the Democratic National Committee convention.
“The election was a lesson from the American people, that instead of wasting time engaging in party-line squabbles and divisive battles, we must start focusing on advancing progressive policies that will make America great again,” Ms. Gabbard said.
The keynote speaker was a compromise choice, after Mr. Sanders, the Vermont senator who won the party’s nomination, and his supporters took an unprecedented approach to rapprochement with the party’s establishment, storming out of the convention.
Ms. Gabbard, who has advocated for tighter military and foreign policy ties with Iran, made no mention of Mr. Sanders in her speech, but did offer solutions to pressing issues.
She said that Social Security was on the “right track,” despite recent cuts to the program, and suggested that ending health care coverage for young people would be an “economic and moral nightmare.”
The congresswoman also said she has “always felt strongly that in our founding forefathers’ day, they were dreaming of building a government that wouldn’t discriminate against people based on their race, religion, sex, or religion of origin.”
Her views on foreign policy were expected to draw some dismay from some of the party’s hawkish wing. She said that “we must stop supporting and funding leaders who knowingly incite conflict and incite hatred.”