"Join me in building a movement for peace at home and overseas that will fulfil the promise of America for freedom, justice, equality, and opportunity for all".
Gabbard officially announced her campaign last week after serving as one of Hawaii's representatives since 2013. The hosts of the show pushed back against the Hawaii Democrat's comments, but Gabbard, who is a veteran, said she is more concerned with how our military is being used in the Middle East.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean called Gabbard's views "a disgrace" and said she was unfit to be in Congress.
Gabbard was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and again assigned to the 29th Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the Hawaii Army National Guard-this time to serve as the Military Police Platoon Leader, and she continues her service as a Major in the Army National Guard.
Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran who gained national prominence in 2016 as an outspoken supporter of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign, will run for president as an anti-interventionalist Democrat who supports a populist economic agenda.
Gabbard has consistently opposed USA intervention in Syria, going as far as to secretly meet with Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, in January 2017, sparking fierce criticism from some in her own party.
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Pressed on the point, she said, "You can describe it however you want to describe it".
To reduce Gabbard to some kind of Russian stooge, as NBC did, would mean buying into the idea that it's implausible for someone who has seen war close up to want to avoid it if other alternatives exist.
Gabbard did not seem fazed by criticism of her position on Syria following the interview.
In the audience, her dad, State Representative Mike Gabbard and mom, Carol, say they're happy she's stepping up to serve others.
Nominating contests begin in February 2020, for the Democratic candidates seeking delegates who will select a nominee at the party's convention, which is scheduled from July 13-16, 2020.
If Gabbard somehow wins the primary, it's unlikely she'll have a Russian apparatus pushing for her election to the Oval Office over Trump.
Gabbard met with Assad in Syria two years ago, saying at the time she "felt that it's important that if we profess to truly care about the Syrian people, about their suffering, then we've got to be able to meet with anyone that we need to if there is a possibility that we can achieve peace".