Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says She’s Running for President

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard D-Hawaii greets supporters Tuesday Nov. 6 2018 in Honolulu

Tulsi Gabbard Announces She’s Running for President AP

Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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. "There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve", Gabbard added.

"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace", Gabbard told Jones.

Gabbard, who supported Senator Bernie Sanders against former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, told the CNN that there are a lot of reasons for her to take this decision. She also was one of the first female combat veterans elected to Congress ― deployed to Iraq from 2004 to 2005, and to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009 as a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. She would return in 2006, work for Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka, then return to Iraq in 2009. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) 2016 campaign as her campaign manager, CNN reports.

Gabbard first sparked rumors of a 2020 run in December, when she toured Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to host nationwide party primary elections. She could find herself competing against the likes of such heavy hitters as Sen. Gabbard would likely fight for attention in the race with other big names in the party, like former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. She said "whoever is found responsible" must be held accountable and talked about "if" Assad is indeed guilty.

Last year, Gabbard came under intense criticism - including from some Democrats - for traveling to that country and meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose government lawmakers have accused of war crimes and even genocide during that country's brutal civil war.

Gabbard dropped the news during an interview with CNN's Van Jones.

Tulsi, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said her campaign platform will address health care, climate change, and criminal justice reform. She has also proposed a bill to outlaw usa weapons sales to terrorists. That led to more critical attention to Gabbard's foreign policy views, though a few months into the Trump administration, she rejected praise from the president and his allies.

Gabbard, a co-Chair of the powerful House India Caucus, was recently re-elected for the US House of Representatives from Hawaii for the fourth consecutive term.

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