USA election 2020: The Democrat candidates who are running for president

Cheryl Sanders
January 12, 2019

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has settled speculation about her political ambitions with her announcement that she'll run for president in the 2020 election.

If elected, the 37-year-old lawmaker, who is known to surf the waters of her native Hawaii, would be the youngest president in U.S. history.

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, has said that she is running for the White House in 2020.

"There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision. There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve", Gabbard said in an interview set to air Saturday on the network's The Van Jones Show.

Leading up to the 2016 Democratic primaries, Gabbard served under Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as vice-chairwoman but resigned to fully support Bernie Sanders' campaign. She also endorsed Keith Ellision for DNC chair in 2017. 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.

Gabbard's aide Rania Batrice will manage her presidential campaign. 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 didn't use any names, but the description applied to questions asked by Senators Hirono and Harris.

Gabbard, who converted to Hinduism early in her life, is highly popular among Indian-Americans.

"I think that after seeing [Gabbard's] continued lack of fighting for human and civil rights, that this was - for our members across the state - enough was enough", he said.

Gabbard, one of Bernie Sanders' key surrogates in Congress in 2016, been widely criticized for her views on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, with some considering her an apologist for him. In 2004, she volunteered for a 12-month tour of duty in Iraq while serving in the Hawaii Army National Guard, leaving her seat as a state legislator to do so. A clip of her announcement is already posted on the network's website, in which she says a formal announcement will be coming within the next week. She also noted that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was based on faulty intelligence and said that she wanted to understand the evidence of the Syria attack. The NY Times did an excellent video summarizing the evidence Assad and Russian Federation were lying which you can see below.

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