Demo­cratic Rep. Gab­bard run­ning for pres­i­dent in 2020

Stamford Advocate - - Nation/World -

Demo­cratic Rep. Tulsi Gab­bard of Hawaii has an­nounced that she is run­ning for pres­i­dent in 2020.

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

The 37-year-old Iraq War vet­eran is the first Hindu elected to Congress. She has vis­ited New Hamp­shire and Iowa in re­cent months and has writ­ten a mem­oir that's due to be pub­lished in May.

Gab­bard was crit­i­cized in 2016 for trav­el­ing to Syria and meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad, who has been ac­cused of war crimes. She says it’s im­por­tant to meet with ad­ver­saries if “you are se­ri­ous about pur­su­ing peace.”

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