Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard running for president in 2020

Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard running for president in 2020

Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard running for president in 2020

Before Rep. Gabbard made her announcement on social media, CNN reported that Gabbard meant to run for the office during an interview slated to air at 7 p.m. Saturday on the network's "The Van Jones Show".

Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat holding a congressional seat in Hawaii, is an Iraq War veteran and now serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The 37-year-old Iraq War veteran is the first Hindu elected to Congress and the first member of Congress born in the USA territory of American Samoa. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced on New Year's Eve that she was forming an exploratory committee for a potential run, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro did the same earlier this week.

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A staunch anti-war voice in Congress, Gabbard has called for the U.S.to halt further involvement in Saudi Arabia's military intervention in Yemen, describing the civil war as a humanitarian crisis. While her support for Sanders' economic message may turn off libertarians for obvious reasons, it's hard to imagine there being anyone in either major party primary who will be more critical of America's wasteful and seemingly endless post-9/11 wars. She could find herself competing against the likes of such heavy hitters as Sen. "There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve", she said.

Incidentally, some people have leapt to her defence, praising her for endorsing Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Asked past year whether she would still consider running if Senator Sanders ran, Ms Gabbard said Senator Sanders is a friend and she did not know what his plans were.

Gabbard won the 2012 race with the support of veterans' groups and by Emily's List, which supports female candidates who support abortion rights, and arrived in Congress as a star - a female Iraq War veteran and the first Hindu woman to serve in the body.

Her father Mike Gabbard, a Hawaii State Senator, told the local Hawaii News Now: "I didn't know she had made a final decision".

Another issue that has done a disservice to Tulsi Gabbard among left-wing voters is her prior stance on gay marriages.

Gabbard would eventually support the Iran nuclear deal, while becoming one of few Democrats to back legislation making it harder for Syrian refugees to enter the United States.

Former US vice president Joe Biden has also expressed his interest in the 2020 bid.

Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and is now a top aide to Gabbard, will be the campaign manager, Batrice says.

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