Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020

Clay Curtis
January 12, 2019

Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said in remarks aired by CNN on Friday that she will run for president in 2020, becoming the latest member of her party to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump.

Gabbard's declaration follows a December 12 appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball" in which she said she was "seriously considering" a presidential run.

He asked her if she's going to run, and she responded, "I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week".

While Gabbard is wildly popular with many Sanders supporters - she was the only member of Congress to join him at a post-election conference in Vermont - she's viewed skeptically on much of the left. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) announced on New Year's Eve that she was forming a presidential exploratory committee.

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

She endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president in 2016. Elizabeth Warren of MA and other candidates.

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Gabbard has earned her right to be critical of those conflicts.

Former vice president Joe Biden and progressive Senator Bernie Sanders, whom Gabbard supported over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primaries, are also mulling entering the race. Gabbard accused Hirono and other Democrats of discriminating against Buescher's Catholic faith in their line of questioning.

Gabbard, 37, who hasn't hesitated to criticize her party on global and domestic issues, revealed her decision on CNN's 'Van Jones Show'.

Gabbard positioned herself as one of President Barack Obama's fiercest critics over his handling of the so-called Islamic State. Gabbard supported legislation that made it more hard for Syrian refugees to enter the U.S.

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".

"Hey @realdonaldtrump: being Saudi Arabia's bitch is not "America First," Gabbard tweeted. "Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience - it's that she has no base of support". "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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