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Sanders, O’Rourke Are Among A Growing Number Of Dem Candidates Defending Tulsi Gabbard 

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A growing number of Democrats are defending Rep. Tulsi Gabbard after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested the Russians are grooming the Hawaiian Democrat for a third-party run.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas is among a handful of presidential hopefuls dismissing Clinton’s accusations. Businessman-turned-presidential-candidate Andrew Yang joined O’Rourke, arguing that any such accusation is a smear against a military veteran.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke responds to a question during a forum held by gun safety organizations the Giffords group and March For Our Lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., Oct. 2, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke responds to a question during a forum held by gun safety organizations the Giffords group and March For Our Lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

“Tulsi is not being groomed by anyone. She is her own person,” O’Rourke told reporters in an Oct. 19 interview. “Obviously has served this country, continues to serve this country in uniform, in Congress, as a candidate for presidency so I think those facts speak for themselves.”

O’Rourke’s comments came after Clinton told former Obama adviser David Plouffe in an Oct. 18 interview that the Russians “have got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be a the third-party candidate.” Clinton did not mention Gabbard by name.

Yang echoed O’Rourke’s response. (RELATED: ‘She Is Her Own Person’: Beto O’Rourke Defends Tulsi Gabbard Against Claims She’s A ‘Russian Asset’)

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