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Tulsi Gabbard to run for president

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<p> Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Friday that she is running for president. </p>
<p> will be making a formal announcement within the next week, "she said during an interview on CNN's" The Van Jones Show. "Story Continued Below </p>
<p> Gabbard, a 37-year-old combat veteran, has done little to hide her presidential ambitions, she recently made stops in both Iowa and New Hampshire and looked into hiring digital staff and speechwriters, and has also authored a memoir set to be released in May. </p>
<p> A recent Democracy for America survey of the liberal group found that about 2 percent said Gabbard should run, behind better known potential 2020 contenders like Sen. Bernie Sanders or for More Vice President Joe Biden. </p>
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Within her party, the three-term congresswoman is viewed as a maverick with a penchant for bucking party orthodoxy. During the 2016 presidential election, Gabbard stepped down from her post as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, so she could endorse Sanders, making one of the few House Democrats to back the Vermont Senator over Hillary Clinton during the primary. She has been associated with the Sanders movement – in her 2018 reelection campaign, she was endorsed by the Sanders-aligned Our Revolution outside group.

Shapes Massachusetts Sen. Paul G. Kirk, who was a Sanders surrogate alongside Gabbard in 2016, said it's probably several candidates who backed Sanders in 2016 will join the field.

"From my point of view running has less to do than who she supported in 2016 than how she feels about the country and what direction and vision she has and how she can make a difference, "Kirk said. Kirk added that he would be surprised if" there are others who may have supported Sanders that think they have a pretty good opportunity. "

During the presidential transition period in 2016, the Hawaii Democrat with with-President-elect Donald Trump, drawing condemnation from fellow Democrats. She also received widespread criticism in 2017 for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

"There are many reasons for me to make this decision," Gabbard told Jones. "There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve." She pointed to access to health care, criminal justice reform and climate change.

"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace," she said. being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement. "Gabbard will join a field that already includes forms Rep. John Delaney of Maryland. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who will be in New Hampshire this weekend, announced on New Year's Eve the formation of a presidential exploratory committee. Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, has also formed an exploratory committee. He has an event scheduled for Saturday in his hometown, where he is expected to formally announce his candidacy.

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