Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard defeated a random New Hampshire man in a pushup contest Thursday, CNN reports.
What happened: Gabbard visited New Hampshire for a town hall event where she fielded questions from attendees.
- A man in the crowd asked Gabbard — a representative of Hawaii and an Iraq War veteran — about former Vice President Joe Biden.
- Man: “Former Vice President Biden has randomly challenged people in the audience to a pushup contest even if they’re in walkers. Do you think you could take him?”
Gabbard (via The Washington Post): “My educated and informed guess would be yes. However, Joe Biden may have some superhuman pushup ability that nobody knows about. But I would take most people to a pushup challenge.”
- Gabbard, wearing a blazer and heels, competed with the attendee.
- The attendee collapsed jokingly and rolled over from the loss.
- Gabbard hopped to her feet and celebrated.
- The two shook hands afterward.
Could @TulsiGabbard defeat @JoeBiden in a push-up contest? Let's hear her thoughts. pic.twitter.com/ELgF3Eo6Ta— Dack Rouleau (@DackRouleau) January 17, 2020
One of those memorable New Hampshire Primary moments: @TulsiGabbard challenged to a push-up contest at a Manchester Town Hall. She wins. #nhpolitics #fitn #wmur pic.twitter.com/bW2i7p28Ty— Jean Mackin (@JeanWMUR) January 17, 2020
The victory: Gabbard has a pretty big workout routine, according to The Washington Post. She has made her active lifestyle and fitness a piece of her campaign. One commercial shows her surfing in cold New Hampshire waters and another shows her participating in CrossFit.
Yes, but: Gabbard’s workout videos have drawn criticism, too.
- Hawaii state Sen. Kai Kahele, who is running for Gabbard’s seat, said: “I think the people of Hawaii want to see less workout videos and hear less about regime change wars.”