Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard says will run for president

Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard says will run for president

Gabbard said in a CNN interview slated to air Saturday night that she will be formally announcing her candidacy within the next week.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA on December 31 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.

CNN reported Ms Gabbard saying there are a lot of challenges facing the people of the United States and she wants to help solve them.

The Democratic Party Of Hawai'i Chair Keali'i Lopez has already issued a statement supporting Rep. Gabbard's presidential announcement.

Gabbard said although her "main issue" will be "war and peace", she will push for combating climate change, reforming the criminal justice system, and providing healthcare for all Americans.

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She added, "There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision".

Gabbard certainly poses a thorny problem for the neocon-neoliberal axis, as she checks all the identity politics boxes - the first Hindu member of Congress, a woman, a veteran - and she has undeniable populist appeal, given her anti-establishment record.

A victor of the primary elections beginning early 2020 would be finally nominated by the Democratic party in its convention later that summer to challenge the Republican candidate in the November 2020 elections. By the middle of her second term, she was getting asked if she might one day run for president.

She accused the party leadership of being partial to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and against Sanders and resigned as a vice president of the party.

Soon after Trump was elected in 2016, Gabbard met him amid rumours that she may be offered a job in his administration. In recent weeks, she has worked to expand her fundraising network and to improve her standing among critical voting blocs, including African-American voters. "I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement", Gabbard said.

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Gabbard is so far left that she lost the support of a Hawaii teacher's union over her handling of Syria.

Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and is now a top aide to Gabbard, will be the campaign manager, Batrice says.

The 2020 presidential primary cycle is scheduled to kick off from the Iowa Caucuses on February 3, 2020, followed by the New Hampshire Primary on February 11, Nevada caucus of February 15 and SC on February 22.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who comes from the party's centrist wing, is also likely to join the fray.

A dozen other aspirants have expressed interest in running - among them, former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, former vice-president Joe Biden, Congressman Beto O'Rourke and Eric Swalwell, Senators Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Bob Casey, and governors Steve Bullock and Terry McAuliffe.

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