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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announces she’s running for president in 2020


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Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Friday announced she’s running for president in 2020.
Gabbard confirmed the news to CNN’s Van Jones in an interview set to air on Saturday night.
“I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” Gabbard told Jones.
Gabbard has made a lot of fans among progressives, but also a number of critics due to some of her positions on issues such as foreign policy.
Gabbard is one of the first two female combat veterans to serve in Congress, and also its first ever Hindu member.

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced on Friday that she’s running for president in 2020. Gabbard confirmed the news to CNN’s Van Jones in an interview set to air on Saturday night.

“I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” Gabbard told Jones.

Gabbard, who’s been in Congress since 2012, is a rising star for progressives but also somewhat of an anomalous figure. Her positions on foreign policy, in particular, have at times put her at odds with many on the left over the past year or two.

But the Hawaii congresswoman has many of the ingredients of a strong candidate, and would make history on multiple fronts if elected president. Gabbard would not only be the first woman president, but also the first Hindu and female combat veteran to serve in the highest office in the land.

Correspondingly, Gabbard is one of the first two female combat veterans to serve in Congress, and also its first ever Hindu member. She served in a field medical unit of the Hawaii Army National Guard in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and was deployed to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009.

Gabbard’s military service will undoubtedly be a major asset along the campaign trail, given presidential candidates with combat experience – or any military experience in general – have increasingly became a rarity.

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The 37-year-old congresswoman was a vocal supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016. She gained national attention when she resigned as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in order to throw her support behind the Vermont senator during the campaign season.

Explaining her decision at the time, Gabbard said, “I think it’s most important for us, as we look at our choices as to who our next commander in chief will be, is to recognize the necessity to have a commander in chief who has foresight, who exercises good judgment.”

Gabbard’s support for Sanders was not forgotten and in 2018 her reelection bid was endorsed by Our Revolution, the grassroots political organization launched by Sanders campaign members post-2016. She also enjoyed support from groups like the Sierra Club and Planned Parenthood.

Despite the widespread support Gabbard receives from progressive politicians and groups, she’s not without her critics on the left.

Read more: Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard says Trump ‘acted recklessly’ with Syria missile strikes

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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