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

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

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

The Democrat and U.S. representative for Hawaii announced her decision to run for president in 2020 in an interview with CNN's The Van Jones Show which is scheduled to air at 7 PM (local time) Saturday.

Hawaii Island's Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, has announced that she will be running for President of the United States in 2020.

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

An article in The Intercept last week led to a debate after it described Gabbard as "a polarising figure" whose "progressive domestic politics are at odds with her support for authoritarians overseas, including [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi, [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah] Sisi, and Syria's Bashar al-Assad".

She said she doesn't regret the trip and considers it important to meet with adversaries if "you are serious about pursuing peace". While Gabbard is a Democrat, she was emphatically not a Clinton supporter, resigning as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee in February 2016 to endorse Bernie Sanders in the primary.

"There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision". She sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she has staked out a position as one of the most vocal non-interventionists in Congress. Elizabeth Warren of MA has already formed an exploratory committee and is moving quickly with trips across early primary states.

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"Assad apologist" seems to be the Tulsi equivalent of "Putin puppet", judging from the early tweets, though she was accused of being one of those too.

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

Gabbard was born in American Samoa and was raised in Hawaii, where she is known to surf.

It is expected that a crowded field of Democrats will vie for the party nomination, challenging Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. She is the first Hindu member of Congress and its first Samoan American. She is said to have supported in 2014 a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage nationwide, but later reversed her opinion and applauded a Supreme Court decision to legalise gay marriage across the US. She questioned whether he was responsible for a chemical attack on civilians that killed dozens and led the attack a Syrian air base.

In her first tweet after the announcement, Gabbard urged her fellow countrymen to join her campaign.

Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) 2016 campaign as her campaign manager, CNN reports.

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