Published: Sat, January 12, 2019

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces She's Running For President In 2020

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces She's Running For President In 2020

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to Congress, has announced that she is to run for the presidency in 2020 as a Democrat challenger to President Donald Trump. "There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve".

The 37-year-old Gabbard said in a CNN interview slated to air Saturday night that she will be formally announcing her candidacy within the week.

"I'm thinking through how I can best be of service and I'll make my decision based on that", she said.

Gabbard said "the issue of war and peace" would be the main focus of her campaign.

Gabbard made headlines in 2016 by quitting a leadership post at the Democratic National Committee over the party's decision to limit the number of debates between Clinton and Sanders, with analysts believing fewer debates benefited Clinton. She served in a medical unit of the Hawaii National Guard and was deployed in Kuwait and Iraq.


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.

Gabbard first sparked rumors of a 2020 run in December, when she toured Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to host nationwide party primary elections.

Asked a year ago whether she would still consider running if Sanders ran, Gabbard said Sanders is a friend and she didn't know what his plans were. She was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2013. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) are also reportedly considering running for president. "Liberals think she's too conservative, conservatives think she's too liberal, and just about everyone thinks her coziness with Bashar al-Assad is disturbing", said Ahrens.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA on December 31 announced she had formed an exploratory committee for a White House run in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 presidential election.

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