Kamala Harris Accuses Tulsi Gabbard of 'Cozying Up to Steve Bannon' and Smearing Barack Obama During Democratic Debate

Senator Kamala Harris accused Representative Tulsi Gabbard of cozying up with Steve Bannon and criticized her time spent with Fox News during tonight's Democratic Debate in Atlanta, Georgia.

White House reporter for the Washington Post Ashley Parker asked Gabbard to define the "rot" she saw in the Democratic party. Gabbard said the Democrats were "no longer a party of the people."

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Tulsi Gabbard said that she was ready to rid the Democratic party of the "rot" she sees pervading it in tonight's Democratic Debate. Mario Tama/Getty

"It is a party that has been and continues to be influenced by the foreign policy establishment in Washington, represented by Hillary Clinton and others' foreign policy, by the military-industrial complex and other greedy corporate interests," Gabbard said.

Gabbard continued by saying she wanted to put the Democratic party back in the hands "of veterans and Americans who are calling for an end to this Bush-Clinton-Trump foreign policy doctrine of regime change wars, overthrowing dictators in other countries, needlessly sending my brothers and sisters in uniform into harm's way to fight in wars that actually undermine our national security and have actually cost us thousands of American lives."

Harris retorted by saying Gabbard had no room to talk.

"I think it's unfortunate that we have someone on this stage who is attempting to be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States who during the Obama administration spent four years fulltime on Fox News criticizing President Obama," Harris said, "who has spent fulltime criticizing people on this stage and is affiliated with the Democratic party and who when Donald Trump was elected, not even sworn in, buddied up with Steve Bannion to get a meeting with Donald Trump in the Trump Tower, fails to call a war criminal by what he is as a war criminal, and spends fulltime during this campaign again criticizing the Democratic Party."

"What Senator Harris is doing unfortunately is continuing to traffic in lies and smears and innuendoes," Gabbard responded, "because she cannot challenge the substance of the argument that I'm making, the leadership and the change that I'm seeking to bring. which only makes me guess that, as president, she will continue the status quo."

Harris reiterated her desire to be president in her response.

"What we need on the stage in November is someone who has the ability to win. And by that, we need someone on that stage who has the ability to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump and someone who has the ability to rebuild the Obama coalition and bring the party and the nation together. I believe I am that candidate," Harris said.