First Hindu US Congresswoman launches 2020 US presidency

09 February, 2019, 20:38 | Author: Carlos George
  • Tulsi Gabbard kicks off presidential campaign at Honolulu rally

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu in US Congress, officially launched her White House bid with an anti-war message, denouncing US interventions overseas and slamming "powerful politicians" in both parties for seeking new wars to wage.

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Sunday stood by her decision to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2017, saying that American leaders must meet with foreign leaders "if we are serious about the pursuit of peace and securing our country". Elected back in 2012, she is the first Samoan-American member and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has entered the Democratic presidential nomination race, hoping to earn the right to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who's running for president in 2020, on Wednesday doubled-down on her opposition to the U.S. intervention in Syria, but also likely provided ammunition to critics of her foreign policy stance.

GABBARD: I just want to point out - I want to point out that that NBC article has been debunked and disproven.

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She joins Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Obama administration Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro in the field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president. She opposes removing Assad from power. She launched her White House campaign at a rally in her home state of Hawaii over the weekend.

Asked if she viewed Assad as an "adversary" of the US, Gabbard demurred and said it was important to look at who posed a threat to the US and how the interests of other nations compare to those of the US.

Democratic nominating contests begin in February 2020. The sudden reveal reportedly came as a shock to the congresswoman's team, sending it rushing to firm up her campaign's infrastructure including its website and publicity.

"The leadership, the determination, that mission oriented that she learned has served her well in trying to serve the people of this state, and hopefully this country", Mike Gabbard said.

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) speaks after being awarded a Frontier Award during a ceremony at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts November 25, 2013. She also grew up in a socially conservative household and, as a very young woman, she participated in her activist father's campaigns against the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships as marriage. The rest of the Democrats will be accusing each other of deviationism over trivialities.

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