How Surfing Influenced Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard: Fanocracy Stories


Tulsi Gabbard, a member of the U.S. Congress from Hawaii and candidate for President, is also an avid surfer. It says so right on her @TulsiGabbard Twitter profile: “Soldier. Veteran. Surfer. Congress. Candidate for President.” So when I had an opportunity to ask her a question at a town hall event in New Hampshire, I went straight to her love of surfing. Later, when I had a moment to speak with Gabbard away from the spotlights, she told me mine was the best question she’d ever been asked in her entire political career! That’s what happens when you get people talking about what they are a fan of.

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