Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she is running for president

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard D-Hawaii greets supporters Tuesday Nov. 6 2018 in Honolulu

He asked her if she's going to run, and she responded, "I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week".

More than 12 Democratic leaders including Indian-origin Senator from California Kamala Harris are expected to announce their White House run to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.

Within minutes of the news that Gabbard is mounting a presidential campaign, the Republican National Committee (RNC) blasted out a press release detailing her potential vulnerabilities.

"Assad's favorite Democrat is Running for President", read a headline in a far-right publication, while another critic characterized her as a "next-level politician", saying "Any amateur can be a traditional USA racist politician, but it takes skill to succeed in America as a Hindu-nationalist racist/tankie Assad apologist".

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

Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens dismissed Gabbard's White House announcement, saying that the Hawaii Democrat has no voter base.

Gabbard won the 2012 race with the support of veterans' groups and by Emily's List, which supports female candidates who support abortion rights, and arrived in Congress as a star - a female Iraq War veteran and the first Hindu woman to serve in the body. She was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2013. By the middle of her second term, she was getting asked if she might one day run for president. She opposed the Obama administration's interventions in Syria as being "against America's national security, worldwide credibility, economic interest, and moral center" and has called for putting an end to the Afghanistan war "as soon as possible". Bernie Sanders in his unsuccessful effort to challenger Clinton from the left.

Her willingness to challenge American interventions in countries like Iraq and Libya has cultivated her anti-war image. "I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement", which will come within the next week, Gabbard said.

Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and is now a top aide to Gabbard, will be the campaign manager, Batrice says.

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. Although the event is expected to be an intimate gathering of only a couple dozen donors and influential activists, it will be hard to avoid the comparison of a recent event Warren held in Sioux City, when she packed 400 into a refurbished downtown theater. 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.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who comes from the party's centrist wing, is also likely to join the fray.

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

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