Tulsi Gabbard Announces She's Running for President


A formal announcement of her candidacy will follow in the coming weeks, Gabbard said in comments released by CNN on Friday evening.

More than 12 Democratic leaders including Indian-origin Senator from California Kamala Harris are expected to announce their White House run to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, has announced she's running for president in 2020.

More recently, Gabbard stirred controversy among fellow Democrats when she issued a statement accusing some of them of "religious bigotry" for questioning whether a judicial nominee's membership in a Catholic fraternal organization would affect his ability to apply the law. "I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement".

According to Politico contributor Marc Caputo, the Republican National Committee has dubbed Gabbard Assad's "mouthpiece" in Washington in an internal memo.

Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, now serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

She served on the Honolulu City Council before getting elected to the state Legislature.

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Other prominent Democrats seen as potential candidates include Harris, Sanders, Sen. "The Gita has been a tremendous source of inner peace and strength for me through many tough challenges in life, including being in the midst of death and turmoil while serving our country in the Middle East, " she explained.

Gabbard threw her support behind Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign ― an endorsement that led her to publicly resign from her role as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. In her stint in Hawaii politics, Gabbard opposed the state's legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples, saying at one forum that Democrats "should be representing the views of the people, not a small number of homosexual extremists".

Ms Gabbard was born in American Samoa in 1981. Her participation in the race will raise the profile of some important issues, for which libertarians should be glad. However, at this point of time, American political pundits do not give her much chance.

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

The 2020 presidential primary cycle is scheduled to kick off from the Iowa Caucuses on February 3, 2020, followed by the New Hampshire Primary on February 11, Nevada caucus of February 15 and SC on February 22.

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".

Rania Batrice, a former deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign, will be Gabbard's campaign manager, CNN said.