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


"Look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement".

"I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", Gabbard told CNN host Van Jones in an interview schduled to air on Saturday.

While her support for Sanders' economic message may turn off libertarians for obvious reasons, it's hard to imagine there being anyone in either major party primary who will be more critical of America's wasteful and seemingly endless post-9/11 wars.

"There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision".

These issues include health care access, criminal justice reform and climate change.

Gabbard served in a field medical unit of the Hawaii Army National Guard in a combat zone in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and was later deployed to Kuwait.

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The 37-year-old Iraq War veteran is the first Hindu elected to Congress. But the last three general elections have been won by the major party candidate who staked out the more dovish position on America's foreign wars-so don't count her out right away.

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. She met with Assad in 2017. She could find herself competing against the likes of such heavy hitters as Sen.

The congresswoman then endorsed Sanders for president, becoming one of the few members of Congress to do so.

Gabbard was born in American Samoa and was raised in Hawaii, where she is known to surf. 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.

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. Her participation in the race will raise the profile of some important issues, for which libertarians should be glad. Though not Indian American, Gabbard is often considered one by the community because of her professed religion - a Hindu - and there stories that Hindu temples in the Washington-Maryland-Virginia region chimed their bells to coordinate with her swearing in in 2012. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) are also reportedly considering running for president.