Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard running for president in 2020

12 January, 2019, 13:27 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) announced her candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during an interview with CNN's Van Jones on Friday that will air over the weekend.

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.

Gabbard, an Iraqi vet who became the first Hindu member of Congress, told CNN that she will be making a formal announcement next week. In 2017 she received criticism for meeting with Bashar al-Assad.

She said she doesn't regret the trip and considers it important to meet with adversaries if "you are serious about pursuing peace". Bernie Sanders, are now weighing whether to run for president and are expected to announce their decision soon. Bernie Sanders' highest-profile supporters, aligning herself with his populist economic message. "He asked me bluntly whether I'll run for president, and I told him straight: I've made a decision to run and will make a formal announcement next week". Her endorsement came in dramatic fashion, with her resigning as a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee to express her support. Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA has already formed an exploratory committee and is moving quickly with trips across early primary states. She quit the DNC in early 2016 to endorse Sen.

Gabbard, 37, is widely known for her unorthodox positions within the Democratic caucus. "I'm seriously thinking of how I can best be of service to our country", she told Concord Monitor News reporter Paul Steinhauser before meeting with Rockingham County Democrats.

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A number of other potential Democratic candidates, including heavyweights like former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. In response, Gabbard wrote on Twitter that "being Saudi Arabia's bitch is not 'America First'". In January, she met with Assad without informing leaders in her party, and she dismissed his opposition ― including rebels backed by the United States ― as "terrorists".

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

A victor of the primary elections beginning early 2020 would be finally nominated by the Democratic party in its convention later that summer to challenge the Republican candidate in the November 2020 elections.

Gabbard is so far left that she lost the support of a Hawaii teacher's union over her handling of Syria.

Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and is now a top aide to Gabbard, will be the campaign manager, Batrice says.

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