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Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020

13 January 2019
Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020

California senator Kamala Harris, New Jersey senator Cory Booker and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders are all weighing their own presidential bids and are expected to announce decisions in the upcoming weeks.

"Congresswoman Gabbard's entrance in this race is an opportunity for Hawai'i to continue its rich history of contributing to the diversity of the Democratic Party and be a part of important conversations in the year ahead", Lopez added.

With Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) entering the 2020 presidential fray, establishment figures on both Right and Left are scrambling to smear the anti-war congresswoman with impeccable identity-politics bona fides.

Gabbard joins an increasingly crowded field of Democrats vying to be president. Gabbard moved to Hawaii when she was two and embraced Hinduism as a teenager and is well-versed in the scriptures, PTI reported.

Democrat member of the US Congress, Tulsi Gabbard, has announced that she is running for president in 2020.

Gabbard's declaration follows a December 12 appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball" in which she said she was "seriously considering" a presidential run.

"Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience - it's that she has no base of support", Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said. Mazie Hirono. Gabbard, in an op-ed in The Hill, accused Hirono of "fomenting religious bigotry" by questioning one of Mr. Trump's judicial nominees about his membership in the Knights of Columbus.

Gabbard, 37, who stepped down as DNC vice chair in 2016 to support Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Party primaries, has drawn flak from her side of the aisle, largely over her stance on gay rights and the United States involvement in Syria. Gabbard didn't use any names, but the description applied to questions asked by Senators Hirono and Harris. Though she didn't call out any lawmakers by name, Gabbard's statement was likely referring to Democratic Sens. She says she no longer holds those views on the issue.

Last year, Gabbard came under fire for an impromptu meeting with Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad during what she described as a fact-finding trip to discuss possible solutions to end the war in Syria. "Sec. Clinton has a record and positions that will take us into a future that will include more interventionist wars of regime change", Gabbard told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in March 2016.

While The Intercept's analysis of Gabbard's financial records showed several donors tied to "Sangh Parivar-a network of religious, political, paramilitary, and student groups that subscribe to the Hindu supremacist, exclusionary ideology known as Hindutva", Shankar reports that "Gabbard has begun to distance herself from the Sangh affiliates-at least publicly", noting speculation that the congresswoman, a member of the House committees on Foreign Affairs and Armed Services and co-chair of the India Caucus, meant to run for president. She met with Assad in 2017.