Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she is running for president

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she is running for president

"I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", Rep. Gabbard, 37, an Iraq War veteran as well as the first Hindu and first Samoan-American elected to the U.S. Congress, told CNN.

"There are many reasons I'm offering to serve you as President", Rep. Gabbard continued, "to ensure every American gets the healthcare they need, to bring about comprehensive immigration reform, to make sure we have clean water and clean air for generations to come, to fix our broken criminal justice system, to end the corrupt influence of special interests in Washington, and so much more".

The Hawaiʻi Democrat reportedly disclosed her plans on CNN's "The Van Jones Show", which will air at 2 p.m. Saturday Hawaiʻi time, the network said.

Gabbard threw her support behind Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign ― an endorsement that led her to publicly resign from her role as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

"There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve".

Since entering national politics in 2012-when she became the first Hindu elected to Congress-she has been an outspoken critic of the bipartisan consensus on foreign policy.

She's also been critical of her own party, calling out Hillary Clinton's track record of supporting foreign wars during the 2016 presidential primary.

Asked a year ago 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. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., becoming a sought-after surrogate in the primaries.

Gabbard's spat with Hirono is just the latest incidence of her alienation from establishment Democrats.

She questioned whether Assad was responsible for a chemical attack on civilians that killed dozens and led the United States to attack a Syrian air base.

In particular, she was criticized for meeting with Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad in 2017. More recently she blasted President Trump for being "Saudi Arabia's bitch". Her participation in the race will raise the profile of some important issues, for which libertarians should be glad.

While Gabbard is wildly popular with many Sanders supporters - she was the only member of Congress to join him at a post-election conference in Vermont - she's viewed skeptically on much of the left.

Former US vice president Joe Biden has also expressed his interest in the 2020 bid.

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