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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) is taking two weeks off the 2020 presidential campaign trail to report for active duty in a military training exercise.

According to a report from The Hill, Democrat Presidential candidate and congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard told CBS News in an interview released Monday that she will be joining a training exercise mission in Indonesia. 

“I love our country, I love being able to serve our country in so many ways, including as a soldier. So while some people are telling me, like, ‘Gosh, this is a terrible time to leave the campaign, can you find a way out of it?’ You know, that’s not what this is about,” Gabbard, who’s considered a long-shot candidate, said.

“I’m not really thinking about how this will impact my campaign, I’m looking forward to fulfill my service, my responsibility.” 

A Gabbard campaign spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. 

The joint training exercise will focus on humanitarian aid, disaster response and counterterrorism, Gabbard told CBS. 

Gabbard served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, and served in Kuwait from 2008 to 2009. 

She is one of three Democrats in the crowded primary field who have military experience, along with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.). 

Read more @ The Hill

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