Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she won’t run for re-election in her district


Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she won’t run for re-election in her district

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she won’t run for re-election in her district

In a new video released after midnight on Thursday and an email to her supporters, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said she will not run for re-election in her district in 2020.

She has been facing one of the toughest primary challenges of her career from Hawaii state Sen. Kai Kahele, who wished her good luck in a tweet Friday morning.

“I wholly respect and appreciate Congresswoman Gabbard’s decision not to pursue re-election for her Congressional seat as she pursues the Presidency,” he wrote. “I wish her and her family the best going forward.”

Gabbard, in the release, said, “I will not be seeking re-election to Congress in 2020, and humbly ask you for your support for me candidacy for President of the United States.”

The congresswoman highlighted her anti-war stance and argued that her views would be best put to use as Commander-in-Chief.

“As President, I will immediately begin work to end the new Cold War and nuclear arms race, end our interventionist foreign policy of being the world’s police, toppling dictators and governments we don’t like, and redirect our precious resources towards serving the needs of the people here at home,” she said.

This decision comes as many speculate that she will run as a third-party candidate should she fail to net the Democratic nomination to the White House.

Gabbard however contends she plans on remaining a democrat not not running a third party bid, as she told more than 400 woman on Tuesday during Fortune’s annual Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington.

She also appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity before her announcement, expressing her concern about the current nature of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump in the House. Gabbard argued that the process has not been transparent.

“I thought it should be a transparent process, but I long expressed my concern about going through impeachment proceedings in a very, very partisan way because it will only further tear apart an already divided country,” Gabbard said.

Read the rest of Beatrice Peterson and Meg Cunningham’s article at ABCnews.com

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