We are seven weeks away from the South Carolina Democratic Primary.
A January FOX News poll has former Vice President Joe Biden leading at 36% in the Palmetto State, while Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is only at 1%
Gabbard, unfazed by the poll numbers, spent the weekend campaigning in South Carolina. She talked exclusively to ABC News 4 on Saturday about potentially winning South Carolina, and the crucial African American vote.
“I am not paying attention to polls or the political theater,” says Gabbard.
Her focus remains on making her message clear to South Carolina voters.
Gabbard says, “stop sending our money to wage stupid wars overseas and instead make sure our taxpayers' dollars are guaranteeing quality, affordable health care for everybody.”
Many democrats consider South Carolina a key state because it's the first southern state to host a primary election, and because it has a large block of black voters.
Gabbard says she plans to go “into the communities that may not often be on the 'political trail,' and actually spend time with folks in communities who unfortunately have been forgotten for so long.”
Gabbard is also talking to voters about serving two tours in the Middle East, and her national policy experience.
“To serve as commander in chief, on day one I will end the stupid wars, this new cold war and arms race, and actually re-direct our tax payer dollars towards — really serve the needs of people right here in South Carolina and people all across this country,” says Gabbard.
Gabbard served for seven years on the foreign affairs, armed services and homeland security committees.
Gabbard announced last year she will not run for re-election to represent Hawaii in Congress in 2020.
This weekend Gabbard will make a stop in Georgetown County after leaving Charleston County.