Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she is running for president in 2020

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Gabbard, a four-time Democratic lawmaker in the US House of Representatives from Hawaii, told CNN Friday: "I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week".

In remarks aired by CNN on Friday, Ms Gabbard said she meant to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump.

"I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", she said, according to CNN.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, she told CNN in an interview.

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The Hawaii Democrat said there were "a lot of reasons" behind her decision to run and named some of the top issues that would be on her campaign platform, including health care, criminal justice reform and climate change. A year later, she joined the Hawai'i Army National Guard; and in 2004, she volunteered to deploy, becoming the first state official to voluntarily step down from public office to serve in a war zone.

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

"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.

Last year, Gabbard came under fire for an impromptu meeting with Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad during what she described as a fact-finding trip to discuss possible solutions to end the war in Syria.

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The US senator Elizabeth Warren, of MA, on 31 December announced she had formed an exploratory committee for a presidential run in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 presidential election. Her participation in the race will raise the profile of some important issues, for which libertarians should be glad.

Gabbard, 37, who hasn't hesitated to criticize her party on global and domestic issues, revealed her decision on CNN's 'Van Jones Show'. In January, she met with Assad without informing leaders in her party, and she dismissed his opposition ― including rebels backed by the United States ― as "terrorists". That led to more critical attention to Gabbard's foreign policy views, though a few months into the Trump administration, she rejected praise from the president and his allies.

Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens dismissed Gabbard's chances in a statement on Friday. She is the first Hindu member of Congress and its first Samoan American.

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