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Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will 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
Deanna Wagner | 12 January, 2019, 05:10

Tulsi Gabbard said in an interview on Friday that she has chose to run for the White House and will be make a formal announcement over the next week.

Her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 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.

She's also been critical of her own party, calling out Hillary Clinton's track record of supporting foreign wars during the 2016 presidential primary.

Tulsi Gabbard is the first Hindu member of Congress and its first Samoan American member, and she sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Warren informally kicked off the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating fight on visit last weekend to Iowa, condemning the corrupting influence of money on politics and lamenting lost economic opportunities for working families.

Indeed, Gabbard has rankled some in her party for her unorthodox moves. She opposed the Obama administration's interventions in Syria as being "against America's national security, worldwide credibility, economic interest, and moral center" and has called for putting an end to the Afghanistan war "as soon as possible".

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Within minutes of the news that Gabbard is mounting a presidential campaign, the Republican National Committee (RNC) blasted out a press release detailing her potential vulnerabilities.

Gabbard joins a quickly growing field of Democrats eager to take on President Donald Trump for the presidency. Gabbard has also 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. So if you were thinking Gabbard was looking for a VP slot on the Kamala Harris ticket, that's probably out now. "Liberals think she's too conservative, conservatives think she's too liberal, and just about everyone thinks her coziness with Bashar al-Assad is disturbing". "It is long overdue that we end USA complicity in Saudi Arabia's atrocities", Gabbard said of the hot button issue.

Gabbard is now serving her fourth term in congress after being elected in 2012 to the US House, serving Hawaiʻi's 2nd District.

Gabbard has said many times that she's not defending Assad but she's fuzzying up his responsibility for the attack and thereby making an argument that is very welcome in Damascus and also in Moscow.