Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she has decided to run for president and will hold a formal announcement within the next week.
Gabbard, 37, who hasn’t hesitated to criticize her party on international and domestic issues, revealed her decision on CNN’s ‘Van Jones Show.’
‘I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” she said on the show, which airs Saturday.
The Iraq War vet was a vice chair of the Democratic committee, but left the post in protest of perceived bias in favor of Hillary Clinton. She ended up being a backer of Sen. Bernie Sanders in his unsuccessful effort to challenger Clinton from the left.
‘I have decided to run,’ Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard told CNN and will soon make a formal announcement for president. She delivered a nomination speech for Senator Bernie Sanders on the second day at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016
Sanders is considering his own 2020 run, in a field that has already drawn Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and other candidates.
“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. “There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace.’
She is the first Hindu elected to Congress
Gabbard drew controversy when she met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad amidst the brutal civil war there
Gabbard is the first Hindu politician elected to Congress
Gabbard revealed her decision on the Van Jones show
The telegenic Gabbard has been a frequent guest on cable TV, in part due to her willingness to go against the grain on occasion.
She drew controversy when she met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in 2017 amidst the brutal civil war there.