Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Announces 2020 Presidential Run

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Announces 2020 Presidential Run
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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Announces 2020 Presidential Run
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Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced over the weekend that she will be running for president. She made the announcement during an interview with CNN’s Van Jones. Gabbard was elected in 2012 to represent Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, and has been reelected three times since then.

Congresswoman Gabbard is the first Samoan-American and first Hindu member of the US Congress. She’s also an Iraq War veteran.  Gabbard has been enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard since 2003, where she holds the rank of major. Gabbard began her career in politics early, being elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives at age 21.

Gabbard endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Democratic primaries, and supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 general election. Gabbard was the first congresswoman to the endorse Sanders’ presidential campaign. Following the 2016 primaries, Gabbard criticized the concept of superdelegates.

Gabbard is no stranger to controversy. She vocally opposed the Obama administration’s desire to topple Assad in Syria. In fact, in early 2017, she traveled to Syria and met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Gabbard even met with President Trump to advocate against regime change in Syria.

Just one day after Gabbard announced her 2020 presidential run, the congresswoman’s past comments concerning gay marriage began surfacing. While a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, Gabbard said, “To try to act as if there is a difference between ‘civil unions’ and same-sex marriage is dishonest, cowardly and extremely disrespectful to the people of Hawaii… As Democrats, we should be representing the views of the people, not a small number of homosexual extremists.”

It is unclear how Gabbard’s past comments will affect her 2020 presidential aspirations. Although, CNN recently broke news that Gabbard’s was affiliated with a church that practiced extremely controversial “conversion therapy.” It’s likely that Congresswoman Gabbard will face significant criticism over the issue from her opponents in the 2020 presidential primaries.

Congresswoman Gabbard wasn’t the only Democratic hopeful making news over the weekend. Former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro also announced his candidacy. Castro previously served as mayor of San Antionio before joining the Obama administration in 2014.

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