Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says She Will Run for President in 2020

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says She Will Run for President in 2020

Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic US representative, said she will run for president in 2020, CNN reported on Friday. She has also proposed a bill to outlaw United States weapons sales to terrorists.

"I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", the Hawaii Democrat told CNN's Van Jones during an interview slated to air at 7 p.m. Saturday on CNN's "The Van Jones Show".

Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Sanders in 2016, said she will be Gabbard's campaign manager. She served in a medical unit of the Hawaii National Guard and was deployed in Kuwait and Iraq.

During the 2016 race, Gabbard resigned as DNC vice chair and threw her support behind Bernie Sanders.

Asked previous year whether she would still consider running if Sanders ran, Gabbard said Sanders is a friend and she didn't know what his plans were.

Last year, Gabbard came under intense criticism - including from some Democrats - for traveling to that country and meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose government lawmakers have accused of war crimes and even genocide during that country's brutal civil war.

She made waves recently for saying in a tweet that President Trump is "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for announcing the US will stand with Saudi Arabia, regardless of any intelligence community assessment on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Tulsi Gabbard says she has chose to run for president and will hold a formal announcement within the next week. "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", said Ahrens.

In recent weeks, Massachusetts Sen.

The Democratic presidential field could eventually include Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden.

Thus far only former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has mounted an official presidential bid.

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