Democratic Hawaii Rep. Gabbard running for president in 2020

Democratic Hawaii Rep. Gabbard running for president in 2020

Hawaii Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard announced she will run for president in 2020 on Friday.

"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.

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. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) announced on New Year's Eve that she was forming a presidential exploratory committee. In 2004, she volunteered for a 12-month tour of duty in Iraq while serving in the Hawaii Army National Guard, leaving her seat as a state legislator to do so.

"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. Elizabeth Warren of MA and other candidates. Gabbard accused Hirono and other Democrats of discriminating against Buescher's Catholic faith in their line of questioning.

In 2016, Gabbard resigned as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), after endorsing Bernie Sanders for president. Her participation in the race will raise the profile of some important issues, for which libertarians should be glad.

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Gabbard says she will run on a platform that includes criminal justice issues and climate change, but she tells CNN that America's ongoing wars will be her central focus. Sanders eventually lost the nomination to Hillary Clinton, who went on to lose the election to Donald Trump. She questioned whether he was responsible for a chemical attack on civilians that killed dozens and led the U.S.to attack a Syrian air base.

Gabbard has also made headlines for referring to President Trump as "Saudi Arabia's b--", after the president argued for the importance of a strong U.S-Saudi relationship amid calls for him to take a tougher stance on the kingdom in response to the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

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

She drew controversy when she met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in 2017 amidst the brutal civil war there. "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", said Ahrens.

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