Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said today she will run for president in 2020. “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” the Hawaii Democratic congressperson told CNN’s Van Jones during an interview slated to air early Saturday evening on CNN’s “The Van Jones Show.”
A 37 year-old Iraq War veteran, Gabbard was elected to Congress in 2012. Seemingly more progressive than Texas Congressperson Beto O’Rourke and arguably as much of a high-charisma candidate as he, Gabbard currently serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She is the first American Samoan and the first Hindu member of Congress.
“There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision,” Gabbard said. “There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I’m concerned about and that I want to help solve,” alluding to health care access, criminal justice reform and climate change.