Tulsi Gabbard Says She's Running for President in 2020

Minnie Murray
January 12, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu ever elected to United States congress, is running for the White House in 2020, and could end up vying with Kamala Harris, who is likely to run also, for the affection, support and, most importantly, the financial backing of the country's richest ethnic community, Indian Americans.

Sanders himself may run for the party nomination and another candidate from the party's left, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, has announced her candidature. She had been a force in Hawaii politics for years, making news by becoming the youngest person - just 21 at the time - ever elected to the state legislature.

She added, "There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision. I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement", which will come within the next week, Gabbard said. She is the first Hindu member of Congress and its first Samoan American.

Asked previous year whether she would still consider running if Senator Sanders ran, Ms Gabbard said Senator Sanders is a friend and she did not know what his plans were.

Gabbard joins an increasingly crowded field of Democrats vying to be president.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, who announced her plans to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency last month, is moving quickly with trips across early primary states. "We must end all USA support for Saudi Arabia's genocidal war in Yemen now". She is said to have supported in 2014 a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage nationwide, but later reversed her opinion and applauded a Supreme Court decision to legalise gay marriage across the US. By the middle of her second term, she was getting asked if she might one day run for president. She had already served in the Hawaii House of Representatives. "Our residents are feeling the very real impacts of President Trump's policies, and it should be every Democrat's top priority to replace this risky administration".

Gabbard has attracted significant criticism for her positions on Syria, particularly on Assad.

She listed access to health care, criminal justice reform and climate change as key issues. She made the announcement during a prerecording of CNN's Van Jones' show which airs on Saturdays. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) are also reportedly considering running for president.

Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) 2016 campaign as her campaign manager, CNN reports.

Among other Democrats speculated to run for the 2020 primaries include Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar and Tim Kaine.

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