Tulsi Gabbard announces she will run for president in 2020


Hawaiian Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, a report said.

Gabbard, an Iraqi vet who became the first Hindu member of Congress, told CNN that she will be making a formal announcement next week.

“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,” she said in an interview that will air on Saturday.

“There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace.”

Gabbard supports an anti-interventionist foreign policy that has come under scrutiny for its apparent soft stance on rogue regimes.

In particular, she was criticized for meeting with Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad in 2017.

Gabbard later said she “felt it’s important that if we profess to truly care about the Syrian people, about their suffering, then we’ve got to be able to meet with anyone that we need to if there is a possibility that we could achieve peace.”

Rania Batrice, a former deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign, will be Gabbard’s campaign manager, CNN said.