Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020

Tulsi Gabbard first Hindu and American Samoan member of Congress says she'll run for president in 2020

Tulsi Gabbard first Hindu and American Samoan member of Congress says she'll run for president in 2020

"There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve", Gabbard added, pointing to health care, criminal justice reform, and climate change.

"But the main reason I'm running has to do with an issue that is central to the rest - war and peace", Rep. Gabbard stated.

"I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", Gabbard, a liberal 37-year-old Iraq War veteran as well as the first Hindu and first Samoan-American elected to the US Congress, told CNN.

Gabbard has also drawn criticism for secretly meeting with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, whose removal from power she opposes, during a 2017 trip to the war-ravaged country.

If elected, the 37-year-old lawmaker, who is known to surf the waters of her native Hawaii, would be the youngest president in United States history.

She continues to be a member of the Army National Guard with the rank of major and while serving in Congress has been mobilised for emergency duties. "As a combat veteran, I know the costs of war".

Since entering national politics in 2012-when she became the first Hindu elected to Congress-she has been an outspoken critic of the bipartisan consensus on foreign policy. Her participation in the race will raise the profile of some important issues, for which libertarians should be glad.

Rumors of her run for president have circulated in recent months.

Gabbard criticized the Obama administration on Iran, before ultimately supporting the Iran nuclear agreement. "When we stand together, united by our love for each other and for our country, there is no challenge we can not overcome", she wrote in an email sent to her supporters.

Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Sanders in 2016, said she will be Gabbard's campaign manager.

Ms Gabbard is joining what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field. She could find herself competing against the likes of such heavy hitters as Sen.

She accused the party leadership of being partial to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and against Sanders and resigned as a vice president of the party.

"Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience - it's that she has no base of support", Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), until she again left the political world to serve in the Middle East in 2009.

She had a run-in with Harris this week, accusing her of religious bigotry for her opposition to a nominee for federal judgeship because he belonged to a Catholic organisation called the Knights of Columbus.

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