Democrat Gabbard says she will run for USA president in 2020

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In remarks aired by CNN on Friday, Ms Gabbard said she meant to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump.

Gabbard was also criticized for being one of the only Democrats to meet with President Donald Trump after he was elected.

"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace". She is said to have supported in 2014 a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage nationwide, but later reversed her opinion and applauded a Supreme Court decision to legalise gay marriage across the US.

"I stepped down from the legislature where I served, and headed to a war zone", Gabbard recalled at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Gabbard sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she is able to influence US foreign policy.

If elected, she would be the youngest ever and first woman President of the United States. Elizabeth Warren of MA and other candidates. "The Gita has been a tremendous source of inner peace and strength for me through many tough challenges in life, including being in the midst of death and turmoil while serving our country in the Middle East, " she explained.

Such attacks have never bothered the Hawaii Representative who hasn't been afraid to take on her own party establishment -including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton - and its stranglehold on the nomination process.

Gabbard, a native of American Samoa, was elected to the Hawaii State Legislature in 2002 at the age of 21, the youngest woman to be elected to a state legislature in USA history at the time. Gabbard moved to Hawaii when she was two and embraced Hinduism as a teenager and is well-versed in the scriptures, PTI reported.

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Her willingness to challenge American interventions in countries like Iraq and Libya has cultivated her anti-war image.

More about Gabbard's background: Gabbard was formerly the vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and was a vocal supporter of Sanders' 2016 campaign.

Her father Mike Gabbard, a Hawaii State Senator, told the local Hawaii News Now: "I didn't know she had made a final decision".

Gabbard has recanted those views, telling voters at an early December meeting in New Hampshire that she had changed after her service in Iraq. "I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement". Batrice was Bernie Sanders's deputy campaign manager in 2016.

The 2020 presidential primary cycle is scheduled to kick off from the Iowa Caucuses on February 3, 2020, followed by the New Hampshire Primary on February 11, Nevada caucus of February 15 and SC on February 22.

Thus far only former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has mounted an official presidential bid.

Among other Democrats speculated to run for the 2020 primaries include Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar and Tim Kaine.