Controversial Dem. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Announces 2020 Run

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Gabbard will become the first Hindu to run for the White House when she announces formally next week. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced on New Year's Eve that she was forming an exploratory committee for a potential run, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro did the same earlier this week. Both Sludge and The Intercept said Gabbard's office did not respond to requests for comment.

More recently, Gabbard stirred controversy among fellow Democrats when she issued a statement accusing some of them of "religious bigotry" for questioning whether a judicial nominee's membership in a Catholic fraternal organization would affect his ability to apply the law.

"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace", Gabbard told Jones.

In 2004, she volunteered for a 12-month tour of duty in Iraq while serving in the Hawaii Army National Guard, leaving her seat as a state legislator to do so.

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu ever elected to U.S. congress, is running for the White House in 2020, and could end up vying with Kamala Harris, who is likely to run also, for the affection, support and, most importantly, the financial backing of the country's richest ethnic community, Indian Americans.

Gabbard is joining what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field. Sen. "Will you join me?" she asked on Twitter.

Another issue that has done a disservice to Tulsi Gabbard among left-wing voters is her prior stance on gay marriages.

A fourth-term lawmaker from Hawaii, Gabbard, along with newer first-time Representatives such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex and Rashiada Tlaib, is among the new set of Democrat insurgents who are challenging the traditional power structure in the Party with their radical leftist approach.

And Harris is an Indian American from her mother's side and African American from her father's. "I walked out thinking that there may be some opportunity to work with this Administration to shift our foreign policy in a more positive, less destructive direction", she said, and then paused.

Gabbard backed Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, even resigning her position as a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee to express her support. "I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement", which will come within the next week, Gabbard said. Her participation in the race will raise the profile of some important issues, for which libertarians should be glad. Batrice was Bernie Sanders's deputy campaign manager in 2016.

Despite - or because of - her military background, she has opposed United States involvement in Syria and faced criticism for visiting that country and meeting President Bashar al-Assad. Kamala Harris. Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has already announced a campaign.

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