First Hindu in US Congress, Tulsi Gabbard, to run for President

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, has said that she is running for the White House in 2020. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee at the end of past year. Both Sludge and The Intercept said Gabbard's office did not respond to requests for comment.

Another Democrat is jumping into the quickly forming 2020 Democratic presidential primary contest.

Gabbard, 37, said "the issue of war and peace" would be the main focus of her campaign.

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

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu ever elected to USA congress, is running for the White House in 2020, and could end up vying with Kamala Harris, who is likely to run also, for the affection, support and, most importantly, the financial backing of the country's richest ethnic community, Indian Americans. She comes from a multicultural, multi-religious family and, as a practicing Hindu, was the first Hindu elected to Congress.

Gabbard is joining what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field. Sen.

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Minutes after Gabbard's announcement, Republicans released a "cheat sheet" about the Hawaii congresswoman dubbing her "Assad's mouthpiece in Washington". "I look forward to talking with you more about this in the coming days". Gabbard moved to Hawaii when she was two and embraced Hinduism as a teenager and is well-versed in the scriptures, PTI reported.

She is on the populist left in the Democratic Party and supported Bernie Sanders, the maverick progressive senator, for the party's nomination in 2016.

Her willingness to challenge American interventions in countries like Iraq and Libya has cultivated her anti-war image.

But Republicans, too, felt the need to speak up against her. "Liberals think she's too conservative, conservatives think she's too liberal, and just about everyone thinks her coziness with Bashar al-Assad is disturbing", Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said, also mentioning the congresswoman's "lack of experience". She has made no secret of her controversial views on the Middle East and Islam, and criticized Obama for refusing to use the phrase "radical Islam" to discuss jihadist groups.

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.

In 2016, she alarmed fellow Democrats when she met with Trump during his transition to president and later when she took a secret trip to Syria and met with President Bashar Assad, who has been accused of war crimes. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) are also reportedly considering running for president.

  • Joey Payne