Tulsi Gabbard Confirms 2020 US Presidential Run

First Hindu in US Congress Tulsi Gabbard to run for President

US Representative Tulsi Gabbard

Elizabeth Warren announced on New Year's Eve that she was forming an exploratory committee for a presidential run.

An independent-minded Democrat who has defied party leadership, Gabbard said in an interview on CNN: "I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week".

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.

"I'm thinking through how I can best be of service and I'll make my decision based on that", she said.

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. Gabbard moved to Hawaii when she was two and embraced Hinduism as a teenager and is well-versed in the scriptures, PTI reported.

The first American Samoan, Gabbard, is also the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress.

Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Sanders in 2016, said she will be Gabbard's campaign manager.

First Hindu in US Congress Tulsi Gabbard to run for President
Gabbard supported Senator Bernie Sanders against former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary

Asked past year whether she would still consider running if Sanders ran, Gabbard said Sanders is a friend and she didn't know what his plans were.

"There seems to really be a lack of a coherent strategy with regards to how we, as the United States, are dealing with Iran, as we look at this threat of a nuclear-armed Iran", Gabbard said in one Fox News appearance in 2015.

She has also courted controversy by picking a fight with Hawaii Sen.

In 2016, she alarmed fellow Democrats when she met with Donald Trump during his transition to president and later when she took a secret trip to Syria and met with President Bashar al-Assad, who has been accused of war crimes and genocide. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., becoming a sought-after surrogate in the primaries.

Ms Gabbard was born in American Samoa in 1981. She would return in 2006, work for Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka, then return to Iraq in 2009. She quickly established herself as a voice for her party's left on domestic issues and a critic of foreign military intervention. Though not Indian American, Gabbard is often considered one by the community because of her professed religion - a Hindu - and there stories that Hindu temples in the Washington-Maryland-Virginia region chimed their bells to coordinate with her swearing in in 2012.

Thus far only former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has mounted an official presidential bid.

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