Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 12, 2019

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said she is running for president in an interview slated to air on CNN's "The Van Jones Show" Saturday evening.

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

Gabbard said "the issue of war and peace" would be the main focus of her campaign.

In 2016, Gabbard resigned as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), after endorsing Bernie Sanders for president. Her endorsement came in dramatic fashion, with her resigning as a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee to express her support.

Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Sanders in 2016, said she will be Gabbard's campaign manager.

Gabbard, a native of American Samoa, was elected to the Hawaii State Legislature in 2002 at the age of 21, the youngest woman to be elected to a state legislature in US history at the time. She's opposed to military intervention, and drew criticism in 2017 for meeting during a secret trip with Syrian President Bashar Assad whose oppressive regime has allegedly used chemical weapons on its own people.

Inspired by the party's strong showing in the November midterms, a number of Democrats are eager to challenge Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Asked past year whether she would still consider running if Sanders ran, Gabbard said Sanders is a friend and she didn't know what his plans were. More recently she blasted President Trump for being "Saudi Arabia's bitch".

Tulsi Gabbard says she has chose to run for president and will hold a formal announcement within the next week. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee at the end of previous year. California Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen.

Thus far only former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has mounted an official presidential bid. "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", said Ahrens.

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