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Hawaii congressperson Tulsi Gabbard says will run for president in 2020

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Ellis Copeland | 12 January, 2019, 08:57

Gabbard will become the first Hindu to run for the White House when she announces formally next week. A formal announcement of her candidacy will follow in the coming weeks, Gabbard said in comments released by CNN on Friday evening.

She is the latest to join what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 presidential election.

Gabbard's aide Rania Batrice will manage her presidential campaign.

"But the main reason I'm running has to do with an issue that is central to the rest - war and peace", Rep. Gabbard stated. "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 continues to be a member of the Army National Guard with the rank of major and while serving in Congress has been mobilised for emergency duties.

Tulsi Gabbard is the first Hindu member of Congress and its first Samoan American member, and she sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"I stepped down from the legislature where I served, and headed to a war zone", Gabbard recalled at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Gabbard's declaration follows a December 12 appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball" in which she said she was "seriously considering" a presidential run.

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"There seems to really be a lack of a coherent strategy with regards to how we, as the United States, are dealing with Iran, as we look at this threat of a nuclear-armed Iran", Gabbard said in one Fox News appearance in 2015. She also met with refugees and Syrian opposition leaders.

She has advocated cutting USA aid to Pakistan and pressuring it to end its support worldwide terrorism.

An article in The Intercept last week led to a debate after it described Gabbard as "a polarising figure" whose "progressive domestic politics are at odds with her support for authoritarians overseas, including [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi, [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah] Sisi, and Syria's Bashar al-Assad". Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., becoming a sought-after surrogate in the primaries.

Gabbard has a habit of bucking people in her own party.

But this year she harshly criticised Trump for not taking a strong stand against Saudi Arabia for the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Gabbard was born in American Samoa and was raised in Hawaii, where she is known to surf. She said "whoever is found responsible" must be held accountable and talked about "if" Assad is indeed guilty.

Her father Mike Gabbard, a Hawaii State Senator, told the local Hawaii News Now: "I didn't know she had made a final decision". 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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