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Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says She’s Running for President

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says She’s Running for President

Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic US Representative of Hawaii, has become the latest Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for the US presidential election in 2020.

"I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", Gabbard told CNN's Van Jones, the network revealed on Friday evening.

A victor of the primary elections beginning early 2020 would be finally nominated by the Democratic party in its convention later that summer to challenge the Republican candidate in the November 2020 elections.

The Democratic presidential field could eventually include Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden. She also was one of the first female combat veterans elected to Congress ― deployed to Iraq from 2004 to 2005, and to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009 as a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard.

She endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president in 2016.

In recent weeks, Massachusetts Sen.

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Rania Batrice, a former deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign, will be Gabbard's campaign manager, CNN said. Elizabeth Warren of MA and other candidates. She told CNN's Jake Tapper, "Initially, I hadn't planned on meeting him".

"I'm seriously thinking of how I can best be of service to our country", she told Concord Monitor News reporter Paul Steinhauser before meeting with Rockingham County Democrats.

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

She drew controversy when she met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in 2017 amidst the brutal civil war there. More recently she blasted President Trump for being "Saudi Arabia's bitch".

Gabbard is now serving her fourth term in congress after being elected in 2012 to the US House, serving Hawaiʻi's 2nd District.

Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens dismissed Gabbard's chances in a statement on Friday. "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".