Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Will Run For President In 2020

Pauline Gross
January 12, 2019

Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran who met dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria during that country's devastating civil war, has said that she is launching a USA presidential bid.

The 37-year-old Gabbard said in a CNN interview slated to air Saturday night that she will be formally announcing her candidacy within the week.

That same year, as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, Gabbard criticized the party's handling of the presidential primary.

Gabbard said "the issue of war and peace" would be the main focus of her campaign.

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She drew criticism in 2017 for meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has been accused of war crimes for massacring, torturing and starving civilians.

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Another Democrat is jumping into the quickly forming 2020 Democratic presidential primary contest.

She made waves recently for saying in a tweet that President Trump is "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for announcing the US 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. She quit the DNC in early 2016 to endorse Sen.

The congresswoman recently found herself publicly sparring with a fellow Hawaii Democrat, Sen. Gabbard remains popular with some liberals but will have serious competition with other candidates on the left flank of the party. She would also be the first non-Christian and first Hindu to occupy the top post.

Gabbard, 37, who hasn't hesitated to criticize her party on global and domestic issues, revealed her decision on CNN's 'Van Jones Show'. Sanders eventually lost the nomination to Hillary Clinton, who went on to lose the election to Donald Trump. Though Gabbard has been aligned with Trump over some aspects of Middle East policy ― including whether the USA should provide support for Syrian militias fighting Assad ― she recently called Trump "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for his failure to react to the Saudi killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience - it's that she has no base of support".

Gabbard is now serving her fourth term in congress after being elected in 2012 to the US House, serving Hawaiʻi's 2nd District. "Liberals think she's too conservative, conservatives think she's too liberal, and just about everyone thinks her coziness with Bashar al-Assad is disturbing".

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