Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) speaks during the AARP and The Des Moines Register Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum on July 17, 2019 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Gabbard: No matter what happens, we're already victorious
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard called on her fellow 2020 presidential contenders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, to stand with her in pressuring the Democratic National Committee to allow her to participate in the upcoming March debate.

Gabbard, the only woman left seeking the Democratic nomination, has only earned two pledged delegates so far – making it virtually impossible for her to participate in the upcoming Arizona debate hosted by CNN and Univision.

After Super Tuesday, the DNC raised the criteria for the March 15 Democratic debate with candidates needing to have won at least 20% of the total number of pledged delegates allocated across all the past primaries and caucuses.

Gabbard lashed out on Twitter Friday night in messages directed at Biden and Sanders – the top two candidates in the race.

“I’m sure you would agree that our Democratic nominee should be a person who will stand up for what is right. So I ask that you have the courage to do that now in the face of the DNC’s effort to keep me from participating in the debates,” Gabbard wrote in a tweet.

In a separate tweet, the Hawaii Democrat accused the DNC of “arbitrarily” changing the debate qualifications in a “transparent effort” to keep her off the debate stage.

CNN has reached out to the DNC for reaction to Gabbard’s tweets.