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Tulsi Gabbard says she will run for president in 2020

Tulsi Gabbard says she will run for president in 2020

On Friday, Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) announced she would run for president in 2020.In an interview with CNN's Van Jones that will air on Saturday night, Gabbard stated, "I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week".

"I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", the Iraq war veteran said in an interview with CNN that is scheduled to air on Saturday.

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

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

Gabbard first sparked rumors of a 2020 run in December, when she toured Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to host nationwide party primary elections.

Gabbard joins a quickly growing field of Democrats eager to take on President Donald Trump for the presidency.

In recent weeks, Massachusetts Sen. Bernie Sanders, are now weighing whether to run for president and are expected to announce their decision soon. In 2012, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Gabbard has earned her right to be critical of those conflicts. Gabbard accused Hirono and other Democrats of discriminating against Buescher's Catholic faith in their line of questioning. "I'm seriously thinking of how I can best be of service to our country", she told Concord Monitor News reporter Paul Steinhauser before meeting with Rockingham County Democrats.

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

In 2016, Gabbard resigned as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), after endorsing Bernie Sanders for president.

Gabbard positioned herself as one of President Barack Obama's fiercest critics over his handling of the so-called Islamic State. She opposes admitting Syrian refugees to the United States.

She drew controversy when she met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in 2017 amidst the brutal civil war there.

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.

Republicans wasted no time Friday in going after her. "Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience - it's that she has no base of support".