Tulsi Gabbard Announces She's Running for President

12 January, 2019, 06:22 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Tulsi Gabbard announces she will run for president in 2020

Gabbard, a four-time Democratic lawmaker in the US House of Representatives from Hawaii, told CNN Friday: "I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week". "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 added.

Asked a year ago whether she would still consider running if Sanders ran, Gabbard said Sanders is a friend and she didn't know what his plans were.

Gabbard, who supported Senator Bernie Sanders against former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, told the CNN that there are a lot of reasons for her to take this decision. 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. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), until she again left the political world to serve in the Middle East in 2009.

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

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Gabbard has also drawn criticism for secretly meeting with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, whose removal from power she opposes, during a 2017 trip to the war-ravaged country. Gabbard supported legislation that made it more hard for Syrian refugees to enter the U.S. Though Gabbard has been aligned with Trump over some aspects of Middle East policy ― including whether the US 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. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. "I walked out thinking that there may be some opportunity to work with this Administration to shift our foreign policy in a more positive, less destructive direction", she said, and then paused.

An article in The Intercept last week led to a debate after it described Gabbard as "a polarising figure" whose "progressive domestic politics are at odds with her support for authoritarians overseas, including [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi, [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah] Sisi, and Syria's Bashar al-Assad".

She listed access to health care, criminal justice reform and climate change as key issues.

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