Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Democrat, says she will run for president in 2020

12 January, 2019, 08:57 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Tulsi Gabbard first Hindu and American Samoan member of Congress says she'll run for president in 2020

"I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement".

An independent-minded Democrat who has defied party leadership, Gabbard said in an interview on CNN: "I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week".

Ms Gabbard is joining what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field.

According to CNN, she holds anti-interventionist positions on foreign policy issues.

"There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision".

Gabbard says she will run on a platform that includes criminal justice issues and climate change, but she tells CNN that America's ongoing wars will be her central focus.

Big Island Video News will have a deeper analysis, with video, of Rep. Gabbard's political positioning in recent years, which has served to establish her as a maverick among Democrats.

The 37-year-old Congresswoman from Hawaiʻi and Iraq war veteran discussed the possibility during a podcast interview with Joe Rogan in September.

She is on the populist left in the Democratic Party and supported Bernie Sanders, the maverick progressive senator, for the party's nomination in 2016. She said she sat down with Assad in an attempt to end the civil war in Syria.

Soon after Trump was elected in 2016, Gabbard met him amid rumours that she may be offered a job in his administration. By the middle of her second term, she was getting asked if she might one day run for president.

She made waves recently for saying in a tweet that President Trump is "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for announcing the US will stand with Saudi Arabia, regardless of any intelligence community assessment on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The congresswoman then endorsed Sanders for president, becoming one of the few members of Congress to do so.

Gabbard, who converted to Hinduism early in her life, is highly popular among Indian-Americans. Her participation in the race will raise the profile of some important issues, for which libertarians should be glad.

Gabbard was deployed to Iraq in 2005, and she maintains her role as a member of the Hawaii National Guard.

Thus far only former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has mounted an official presidential bid. "I'm seriously thinking of how I can best be of service to our country", she told Concord Monitor News reporter Paul Steinhauser before meeting with Rockingham County Democrats.

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