Tulsi Gabbard announces she will run for president in 2020

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Why she's running: Gabbard didn't go into extreme detail about her decision, saying she would explain more when she makes a formal announcement. Some foreign policy commentators accused Gabbard of legitimizing Assad, who has been accused of war crimes against civilians, but she defended the meeting as an opportunity to discuss bringing an end to Syria's seven-year civil war.

Gabbard's presidential will make her the first Hindu candidate from a major political party to announce to enter the race for White House.

Gabbard, 37, said "the issue of war and peace" would be the main focus of her campaign. 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. "There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve", she said, listing health care access, criminal justice reform and climate change as key platform issues.

"I stepped down from the legislature where I served, and headed to a war zone", Gabbard recalled at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She opposes admitting Syrian refugees to the United States. By the middle of her second term, she was getting asked if she might one day run for president.

Such attacks have never bothered the Hawaii Representative who hasn't been afraid to take on her own party establishment -including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton - and its stranglehold on the nomination process. "I look forward to talking with you more about this in the coming days".

Outside of cultivating her image as an anti-interventionist, however, Gabbard has urged a continuation of the so-called war on terror.

In particular, she was criticized for meeting with Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad in 2017. While her support for Sanders' economic message may turn off libertarians for obvious reasons, it's hard to imagine there being anyone in either major party primary who will be more critical of America's wasteful and seemingly endless post-9/11 wars.

Gabbard, 37, who stepped down as DNC vice chair in 2016 to support Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Party primaries, has drawn flak from her side of the aisle, largely over her stance on gay rights and the U.S. involvement in Syria.

Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and is now a top aide to Gabbard, will be her campaign manager, CNN reported. Although the event is expected to be an intimate gathering of only a couple dozen donors and influential activists, it will be hard to avoid the comparison of a recent event Warren held in Sioux City, when she packed 400 into a refurbished downtown theater. Kamala Harris. Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has already announced a campaign.

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