Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says She’s Running for President

Elias Hubbard
January 12, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic US representative, said she will run for president in 2020, CNN reported on Friday.

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

The 37-year-old Iraq War veteran is the first Hindu elected to Congress and the first member born in the USA territory of American Samoa. "There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve", she told Jones, listing issues such as health care, criminal justice reform and climate change.

"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace", Gabbard added.

She endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president in 2016.

She made waves recently for saying in a tweet that President Trump is "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for announcing the USA will stand with Saudi Arabia, regardless of any intelligence community assessment on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "Maybe he did and maybe he didn't".

"Hey @realdonaldtrump: being Saudi Arabia's bitch is not "America First," Gabbard tweeted.

Gabbard, 37, was elected in 2012. The Samoan and Hindu congresswoman is an Iraq War veteran and an outspoken critic of USA "regime change" policy in Syria. "We must end all USA support for Saudi Arabia's genocidal war in Yemen now". On New Year's Eve, 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 Assad, who has been accused of war crimes and genocide.

The US senator Elizabeth Warren, of MA, on 31 December announced she had formed an exploratory committee for a presidential run in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 presidential election. Gabbard would likely fight for attention in the race with other big names in the party, like former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen.

Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens dismissed Gabbard's White House announcement, saying that the Hawaii Democrat has no voter base. "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".

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