Tulsi Gabbard Announces She's Running for President


Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran, told CNN on Friday, "I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week".

In the race to pick a candidate to run against Trump, Democrats will grapple with the tension between the party's establishment and liberal wings that flared during the 2016 state-by-state nominating contests between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who ran under the Democratic banner. 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.

A victor of the primary elections beginning early 2020 would be finally nominated by the Democratic party in its convention later that summer to challenge the Republican candidate in the November 2020 elections.

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

Gabbard sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she is able to influence USA foreign policy.

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu ever elected to United States congress, is running for the White House in 2020, and could end up vying with Kamala Harris, who is likely to run also, for the affection, support and, most importantly, the financial backing of the country's richest ethnic community, Indian Americans.

More about Gabbard's background: Gabbard was formerly the vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and was a vocal supporter of Sanders' 2016 campaign.

"I stepped down from the legislature where I served, and headed to a war zone", Gabbard recalled at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She later resigned her post as DNC vice chair to become one of Vermont Sen. Gabbard supported legislation that made it more hard for Syrian refugees to enter the U.S. "Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience - it's that she has no base of support". More recently she blasted President Trump for being "Saudi Arabia's bitch".

Ms Gabbard was born in American Samoa in 1981.

She listed access to health care, criminal justice reform and climate change as key issues. In 2017 she received criticism for meeting with Bashar al-Assad. "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.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who comes from the party's centrist wing, is also likely to join the fray.