Gabbard gives speech at Democratic National Convention

Gabbard to speak at Democratic National Convention
Published: Sep. 4, 2012 at 12:46 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM HST
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Tulsi Gabbard rehearsing for her speech.
Tulsi Gabbard rehearsing for her speech.
Tulsi Gabbard
Tulsi Gabbard
Tulsi Gabbard in Charlotte, N.C.
Tulsi Gabbard in Charlotte, N.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Democratic National Convention kicked off Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. with one of Hawaii's delegation taking center stage.

U.S. Congressional District 2 candidate Tulsi Gabbard spoke on Tuesday in what may have been the most-watched speech of her life, and perhaps the shortest.

Gabbard was tapped to speak on the opening night of the DNC after a phone call from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"It is an honor because they normally don't bring in candidates to speak at the convention and so to be invited to speak on this national setting is a great honor, especially to represent Hawaii on such a great national stage," Gabbard said.

Gabbard talked about the sacrifices made by U.S. Troops and the role of women in the military.

Thirty-eight Hawaii Democrats are currently in Charlotte. They'll aim to emphasize what their party, as well as President Barack Obama, have achieved during the three-day convention.

Teri Okita will have a wrap-up of Gabbard's speech on Hawaii News Now beginning at 5 p.m.

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