Washington DC: The Democrat and US representative for Hawaii announced her decision to run for president in 2020 in an interview with CNN’s The Van Jones Show which is scheduled to air at 7 PM (local time) Saturday. Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran, told CNN on Friday, “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week.”

In an announcement on December 31, 2018, US Senator Elizabeth Warren stated that she has formed an exploratory committee for a presidential run. Before challenging President Donald Trump in the November 2020 elections, Gabbard has to fight against her own Democratic party colleagues during the primary elections beginning early that year. The presidential run would, in fact, be a crowded Democratic primary field before the presidential election.

According to Gabbard, 37, her campaign would primarily focus on ‘the issue of war and peace’. Gabbard said, “There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace.”Other issues that will be addressed by the Democrat leader are access to health care, criminal justice reform and climate change. “There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision. There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I’m concerned about and that I want to help solve,” Gabbard reportedly said in the CNN interview.

Currently, Gabbard is serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The first American Samoan, Gabbard, is also the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress.

(With Agency inputs)