Dem Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces Run For Presidency

Dem Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces Run For Presidency

Dem Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces Run For Presidency

US Representative Tusli Gabbard (HI-02) today announced she plans to run for president in 2020 during an interview that is scheduled to air Saturday on CNN's The Van Jones Show, according to CNN.

Why she's running: Gabbard didn't go into extreme detail about her decision, saying she would explain more when she makes a formal announcement.

"I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", CNN quoted Gabbard as saying in a pretaped interview for "The Van Jones Show".

She drew criticism in 2017 for meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has been accused of war crimes for massacring, torturing and starving civilians. She says it's important to meet with adversaries if "you are serious about pursuing peace".

More recently, Gabbard stirred controversy among fellow Democrats when she issued a statement accusing some of them of "religious bigotry" for questioning whether a judicial nominee's membership in a Catholic fraternal organization would affect his ability to apply the law.

But Republicans, too, felt the need to speak up against her. "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", Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said, also mentioning the congresswoman's "lack of experience".

At age 21, Gabbard was elected to serve in the Hawaii state Legislature. She opposed the Obama administration's interventions in Syria as being "against America's national security, global credibility, economic interest, and moral center" and has called for putting an end to the Afghanistan war "as soon as possible".

The Democratic Party Of Hawai'i Chair Keali'i Lopez has already issued a statement supporting Rep. Gabbard's presidential announcement.

Gabbard joins a growing contingent of Democrats looking to unseat President Donald Trump.

Gabbard would eventually support the Iran nuclear deal, while becoming one of few Democrats to back legislation making it harder for Syrian refugees to enter the United States.

Asked past year whether she would still consider running if Senator Sanders ran, Ms Gabbard said Senator Sanders is a friend and she did not know what his plans were.

Soon after Trump was elected in 2016, Gabbard met him amid rumours that she may be offered a job in his administration. She is the first Hindu member of Congress and its first Samoan American.

Gabbard has recanted those views, telling voters at an early December meeting in New Hampshire that she had changed after her service in Iraq. 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.

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