US congresswoman Gabbard, who met Syria's Assad, says will run for president

Tulsi Gabbard first Hindu and American Samoan member of Congress says she'll run for president in 2020

In an interview with CNN, Ms Gabbard said she would be formally announcing her candidacy within the next week. Though not Indian American, Gabbard is often considered one by the community because of her professed religion - a Hindu - and there stories that Hindu temples in the Washington-Maryland-Virginia region chimed their bells to coordinate with her swearing in in 2012.

Gabbard's declaration follows a December 12 appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball" in which she said she was "seriously considering" a presidential run.

"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace".

The Hawaii Democrat said there were "a lot of reasons" behind her decision to run and named some of the top issues that would be on her campaign platform, including health care, criminal justice reform and climate change.

"While I oppose the nomination of Brian Buescher to the US District Court in Nebraska, I stand strongly against those who are fomenting religious bigotry, citing as disqualifiers Buescher's Catholicism and his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus", Gabbard wrote in a newspaper op-ed.

Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat holding a congressional seat in Hawaii, is an Iraq War veteran and now serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Other Democrats, including billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, have declined to run in 2020.

But asked whether Gabbard's rebuke would affect their relationship, Hirono told Hawaii News Now she "works well" with "Republicans" and said she would "certainly" welcome opportunities to work with Gabbard. In 2016, she alarmed fellow Democrats when she met Donald Trump during his transition to the presidency. Gabbard moved to Hawaii when she was two and embraced Hinduism as a teenager and is well-versed in the scriptures, PTI reported. However, at this point of time, American political pundits do not give her much chance. "I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement", Gabbard said.

Gabbard backs domestic policy items such as Medicare for All and a Green New Deal, and she garnered praise and notoriety for resigning from her post as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to endorse Sen. But her views on Islam and support for far-right leaders suggest otherwise. She has visited early primary and caucus states New Hampshire and Iowa in recent months and has written a memoir that's due to be published in May.

Last year, Gabbard came under intense criticism - including from some Democrats - for traveling to that country and meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose government lawmakers have accused of war crimes and even genocide during that country's brutal civil war.

Former US vice president Joe Biden has also expressed his interest in the 2020 bid.

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