The first Hindu member of US Congress, Tulsi Gabbard has announced running for position of United State’s President in 2020. Gabbard is a member of the Democratic Party, who is known for having independent views, often going against the official party line.
“I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” Gabbard, a liberal 37-year-old Iraq War veteran as well as the first Hindu and first Samoan-American elected to the US Congress, told CNN.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on December 31 announced she had formed an exploratory committee for a White House run in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 presidential election. Gabbard said “the issue of war and peace” would be the main focus of her campaign.
The Democratic presidential field could eventually include Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden. Julian Castro, former President Barack Obama`s housing secretary, also formed an exploratory committee in December.
In the race to pick a candidate to run against Trump, Democrats will grapple with the tension between the party`s establishment and liberal wings that flared during the 2016 state-by-state nominating contests between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who ran under the Democratic banner. Gabbard remains popular with some liberals but will have serious competition with other candidates on the left flank of the party.
Many confuse Tulsi to be an Indian-American, which is not the case. Tulsi Gabbard hails from Hawaiian descent who converted to Hinduism after getting inspired by the Hare Krsna movement of Swami Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada.
She has been one of the most outspoken supporters of the Hindu cause and India as a country from Western world. Gabbard has also been closely associated with the American Hindu foundation.