"I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", CNN quoted Gabbard as saying in a pretaped interview for "The Van Jones Show". Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee at the end of previous year. She was one of a handful of Democrats who met with Trump during the presidential transition, amid speculation that she could become United Nations ambassador or secretary of state.
According to Gabbard, 37, her campaign would primarily focus on "the issue of war and peace".
"While I oppose the nomination of Brian Buescher to the US District Court in Nebraska, I stand strongly against those who are fomenting religious bigotry, citing as disqualifiers Buescher's Catholicism and his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus", Gabbard wrote in a newspaper op-ed. "There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve", Gabbard added, pointing to health care, criminal justice reform, and climate change.
Other Democrats, including billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, have declined to run in 2020. "Will you join me?" she asked on Twitter.
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces She's Running For President In 2020
Indian Americans have been keenly following both Gabbard and Harris in anticipation of their run for the White House with mixed feelings: Gabbard is a white American but as a practicing Hindu is an icon among Hindu Americans.
While Gabbard is a Democrat, she was emphatically not a Clinton supporter, resigning as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee in February 2016 to endorse Bernie Sanders in the primary. In 2012, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. "I look forward to talking with you more about this in the coming days". However, at this point of time, American political pundits do not give her much chance. "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. Although the event is expected to be an intimate gathering of only a couple dozen donors and influential activists, it will be hard to avoid the comparison of a recent event Warren held in Sioux City, when she packed 400 into a refurbished downtown theater. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) 2016 campaign as her campaign manager, CNN reports. She has visited early primary and caucus states New Hampshire and Iowa in recent months and has written a memoir that's due to be published in May.
Thus far only former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has mounted an official presidential bid.
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.
AU acknowledges DR Congo presidential election results, calls for peace
Vote tallies by Congo's Catholic Church had Favulu as the victor , according to two diplomats briefed on the findings. Congo's government cut internet service the day after the vote to prevent speculation on social media.