Rep. Tulsi Gabbard 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

Tulsi Gabbard first Hindu and American Samoan member of Congress says she'll run for president in 2020

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.

"I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", Gabbard, a liberal 37-year-old Iraq War veteran as well as the first Hindu and first Samoan-American elected to the US Congress, told CNN.

Gabbard was elected to Congress in 2012 and now serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

A veteran of the Iraq war, she recently made stops in both Iowa and New Hampshire - vital early voting states - and looked into hiring digital staff and speechwriters.

Gabbard listed criminal justice reform, climate change and health care as issues that she was interested in solving.

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

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) waves after making a nomination speech for Senator Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016.

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. 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". 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.

Gabbard has staked out anti-interventionist foreign policy positions in Congress.

Gabbard was criticized in 2016 for traveling to Syria and meeting with President Bashar Assad, who has been accused of war crimes. "Initially, I hadn't planned on meeting him", Gabbard told CNN's Jake Tapper in January of 2017.

She said she doesn't regret the trip and considers it important to meet with adversaries if "you are serious about pursuing peace".

Gabbard is joining what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro have both announced exploratory committees.

In recent weeks, Massachusetts Sen.

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