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TULSI Gab­bard, the first Hindu elected to U.S. Congress and a four-time Demo­cratic law­maker, has said she will run for Pres­i­dent in 2020, be­com­ing the lat­est mem­ber of her party to chal­lenge Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. Gab­bard, 37, said she will for­mally an­nounce her candidacy within a week.

The Iraq War vet­eran is the sec­ond woman af­ter Se­na­tor Elizabeth War­ren to en­ter the pres­i­den­tial race from the Demo­cratic party. More than 12 Demo­cratic lead­ers in­clud­ing In­dian-origin Se­na­tor from Cal­i­for­nia Ka­mala Har­ris are ex­pected to an­nounce their White House bid to chal­lenge Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in 2020.

Gab­bard, a four-time Demo­cratic law­maker in the US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Hawaii, told CNN on Fri­day, “I have de­cided to run and will be mak­ing a for­mal an­nounce­ment within the next week. There are many rea­sons I'm of­fer­ing to serve you as Pres­i­dent to en­sure ev­ery Amer­i­can gets the health­care they need, to bring about com­pre­hen­sive im­mi­gra­tion reform, to make sure we have clean wa­ter and clean air for gen­er­a­tions to come, to fix our bro­ken crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, to end the cor­rupt in­flu­ence of spe­cial in­ter­ests in Washington, and so much more. But the main rea­son I'm run­ning has to do with an is­sue that is cen­tral to the rest war and peace.”

If elected, she would be the youngest-ever and first woman Pres­i­dent of the US. She would also be the first non-Chris­tian and first Hindu to oc­cupy the top post.

How­ever, Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal pun­dits do not give her much chance at this point.

U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tulsi Gab­bard.

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