- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 5, 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris, who both dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, lamented Thursday that no women remained in the race, saying Americans will have to wait four more years to change history.

There’s one problem: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is still running.

Not only is she running, but she also is making history as the first female combat veteran to run for president.

“There are no women currently in this race. We can have a longer discussion about it, but the reality is there is still a lot of work to be done to make it very clear that women are exceptionally qualified and capable of being the commander in chief of the United States of America,” Ms. Harris told reporters.

The California Democrat ended her own campaign in early December, but Ms. Warren of Massachusetts put to rest her bid on Thursday.

Neither woman has endorsed either front-runner: the self-declared democratic socialist Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont or former Vice President Joseph R. Biden.

Ms. Warren was asked by a reporter what she makes of the Democratic nomination coming down to two white men and the message that sends to young women.

“All those little girls are going to have to wait four more years — that’s going to be hard,” she said.

The Gabbard campaign declined to comment on being overlooked by her former rivals.

Ms. Gabbard has continued her campaign despite winning just two delegates.

The party’s 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, accused Ms. Gabbard of being a favorite of the Russians, who have been accused of attempting to interfere with U.S. elections.

Ms. Gabbard sued Ms. Clinton in January for the comment made in October, seeking about $50 million in damages and accusing the former secretary of state of defamation. Ms. Clinton’s spokesman called the lawsuit “ridiculous.”

Neither Ms. Harris’s nor Ms. Warren’s office responded to a request for comment about their remarks and Ms. Gabbard’s continued candidacy.

• Alex Swoyer can be reached at aswoyer@washingtontimes.com.

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