Hawaiian Democrat Tulsi Gabbard announces she is running for president in 2020

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Friday she will run for president in 2020

In an interview with CNN, Ms Gabbard said she would be formally announcing her candidacy within the next week. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced on New Year's Eve that she was forming an exploratory committee for a potential run, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro did the same earlier this week.

In remarks aired by CNN on Friday, Ms Gabbard said she meant to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump.

A US Congresswoman, with an American Samoan heritage, says she will run for president in 2020.

"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace", Gabbard told Jones. She is said to have supported in 2014 a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage nationwide, but later reversed her opinion and applauded a Supreme Court decision to legalise gay marriage across the US. "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.

Gabbard sits on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees and is now a Major in the Army National Guard.

The 37-year-old Iraq War veteran was born in American Samoa and is the first Hindu to serve in Congress. She was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2013. Elizabeth Warren of MA and other candidates.

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Gabbard made headlines in 2016 by quitting a leadership post at the Democratic National Committee over the party's decision to limit the number of debates between Clinton and Sanders, with analysts believing fewer debates benefited Clinton.

And Harris is an Indian American from her mother's side and African American from her father's.

Obama, now the elder statesman of the Democratic party has not endorsed Gabbard or Harris or any one of the 15 or more Democrats considering a presidential run, to go up against President Donald Trump in 2020. She also noted that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was based on faulty intelligence and said that she wanted to understand the evidence of the Syria attack. "I look forward to talking with you more about this in the coming days".

Her views are already attracting an army of trolls on social media who regard her as an outlier.

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

According to CNN, Senator Sanders's 2016 deputy campaign manager Rania Batrice will be Ms Gabbard's campaign manager.

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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