Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces She's Running 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

"I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement".

Former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro plans to announce his run for the presidency on Saturday. A formal announcement of her candidacy will follow in the coming weeks, Gabbard said in comments released by CNN on Friday evening.

That same year, as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, Gabbard criticized the party's handling of the presidential primary.

According to Gabbard, 37, her campaign would primarily focus on "the issue of war and peace".

"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace", Gabbard added.

"There are many reasons I'm offering to serve you as President - to ensure every American gets the healthcare they need, to bring about comprehensive immigration reform, to make sure we have clean water and clean air for generations to come, to fix our broken criminal justice system, to end the corrupt influence of special interests in Washington, and so much more".

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

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Gabbard made headlines in 2016 by quitting a leadership post at the Democratic National Committee over the party's decision to limit the number of debates between Clinton and Sanders, with analysts believing fewer debates benefited Clinton. But the last three general elections have been won by the major party candidate who staked out the more dovish position on America's foreign wars-so don't count her out right away.

Rumors of her run for president have circulated in recent months.

Gabbard has drawn criticism for secretly meeting with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, whose removal from power she opposes, during a 2017 trip to the war-ravaged country.

She has also courted controversy by picking a fight with Hawaii Sen. Bernie Sanders' highest-profile supporters, aligning herself with his populist economic message.

Indian Americans have been keenly following both Gabbard and Harris in anticipation of their run for the White House with mixed feelings: Gabbard is a white American but as a practicing Hindu is an icon among Hindu Americans.

Gabbard has recanted those views, telling voters at an early December meeting in New Hampshire that she had changed after her service in Iraq. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) are also reportedly considering running for president.

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