Washington, D.C., May 15 – When Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic Representative from the 2nd congressional district of Hawaii, entered the presidential race, the 38-year-old Iraq war veteran knew that if she were to win the election, she would make history as the first woman president, the first Hindu president, the first Samoan-American president, and the youngest U.S. president in history.
Thus far, Gabbard has yet to place in any significant polls. However, she has a large following of supporters who are hoping to place a younger and more pacifist president in the Oval Office. To improve her position, it is important for her campaign to broaden its outreach. One critical group of politically active swing voters are people with disabilities, who comprise 25 percent of our country’s adult population. Additionally, more than half of Americans have a loved one with a disability. And a recent survey shows that fully three-quarters of likely voters either have a disability themselves or have a family member or a close friend with disabilities.