Democratic Hawaii Rep. Gabbard running for president in 2020

Democratic Hawaii Rep. Gabbard running for president in 2020

Democratic Hawaii Rep. Gabbard running for president in 2020

Gabbard said although her "main issue" will be "war and peace", she will push for combating climate change, reforming the criminal justice system, and providing healthcare for all Americans.

She is the first Hindu member of Congress and its first Samoan American member, and she sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "Our residents are feeling the very real impacts of President Trump's policies, and it should be every Democrat's top priority to replace this risky administration".

Gabbard's announcement comes after the progressive congresswoman was the headline speaker at a December meet-and-greet with Democrat activists in Exeter, New Hampshire, where she told local reporters that a White House bid was on the table.

Gabbard joins an increasingly crowded field of Democrats vying to be president.

Gabbard was born in American Samoa to a Catholic father, Hawaii State Senator Mike Gabbard, and her mother, Carol Porter Gabbard, is of Caucasian descent who professes Hinduism.

The Iraq war veteran has become the first-ever Hindu to be running for the presidency in the US. On New Year's Eve, Sen.

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Gabbard was criticized in 2016 for traveling to Syria and meeting with President Bashar Assad, who has been accused of war crimes. She opposed the Obama administration's interventions in Syria as being "against America's national security, worldwide credibility, economic interest, and moral center" and has called for putting an end to the Afghanistan war "as soon as possible".

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.

Incidentally, some people have leapt to her defence, praising her for endorsing Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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. "It is long overdue that we end USA complicity in Saudi Arabia's atrocities", Gabbard said of the hot button issue. Elizabeth Warren of MA and other candidates. Kamala Harris. Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has already announced a campaign.

A staunch anti-war voice in Congress, Gabbard has called for the halt further involvement in Saudi Arabia's military intervention in Yemen, describing the civil war as a humanitarian crisis.

"Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience - it's that she has no base of support", RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens wrote in a statement released Friday evening. She met with Assad in 2017.

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