Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard To Run For President In 2020

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"I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", Gabbard told CNN's Van Jones during an interview to air Saturday.

Her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", Gabbard told a CNN TV news anchor for a show that airs Saturday.

Despite - or because of - her military background, she has opposed USA involvement in Syria and faced criticism for visiting that country and meeting President Bashar al-Assad. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) in 2016.

"There are many reasons I'm offering to serve you as President - 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".

"Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience - it's that she has no base of support", Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said. California Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen. Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA has already formed an exploratory committee and is moving quickly with trips across early primary states.

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"Assad apologist" seems to be the Tulsi equivalent of "Putin puppet", judging from the early tweets, though she was accused of being one of those too.

She was condemned by Democrats and Republicans alike, as the prevailing narrative in the USA is that the Syrian president is a war criminal because he purportedly used chemical weapons against civilians. Gabbard remains popular with some liberals but will have serious competition with other candidates on the left flank of the party.

Gabbard, 37, is a US army veteran and a three-term member of the US House of Representative from Hawaii, where the 44th president of the United Sates Barack Obama was born and raised and where he would vacation with his family every major holidays. 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.

Gabbard joins an increasingly crowded field of Democrats vying to be president. She is said to have supported in 2014 a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage nationwide, but later reversed her opinion and applauded a Supreme Court decision to legalise gay marriage across the US.

Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and is now a top aide to Gabbard, will be her campaign manager, CNN reported.