Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard To Run For President In 2020

Tulsi Gabbard first Hindu and American Samoan member of Congress says she'll run for president in 2020

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard greets supporters in Honolulu in November

Gabbard, an Iraqi vet who became the first Hindu member of Congress, told CNN that she will be making a formal announcement next week.

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.

Tulsi Gabbard says she has chose to run for president and will hold a formal announcement within the next week.

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Gabbard said although her "main issue" will be "war and peace", she will push for combating climate change, reforming the criminal justice system, and providing healthcare for all Americans. 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.

Gabbard sits on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees and is now a Major in the Army National Guard.

The 37-year-old Iraq War veteran is the first Hindu elected to Congress and the first member born in the USA territory of American Samoa.

If elected, she would be the youngest ever and first woman President of the United States.

A number of other potential Democratic candidates, including heavyweights like former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen.

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She accused the party leadership of being partial to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and against Sanders and resigned as a vice president of the party.

Born in American Samoa in 1981 to Carol and Mike Gabbard, she is the fourth of five children, all brought up in the Brahma Madhwa Gaudiya Sampradaya that her mother embraced following her introduction to the Krishna movement. "I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement", which will come within the next week, Gabbard said.

Tulsi Gabbard is a four-time Democratic lawmaker in the US House of Representatives from Hawaii. She has made no secret of her controversial views on the Middle East and Islam, and criticized Obama for refusing to use the phrase "radical Islam" to discuss jihadist groups. 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.

The Tulsi-for-President website says "aloha" to the 2020 White House run, but the unorthodox democrat's candidacy has stirred a hot debate on social media, particularly over her opposition to LGBT rights in the past and a 2017 meeting with Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Thus far only former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has mounted an official presidential bid. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) 2016 campaign as her campaign manager, CNN reports.

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