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First Hindu In US Congress Tulsi Gabbard To Contest 2020 Presidential Elections Against Trump

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| January 12 , 2019 , 13:14 IST

The first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, Tulsi Gabbard declared on Saturday that she will that seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for US president.

"I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," CNN quoted Gabbard as saying in a pre-taped interview for The Van Jones Show.

Gabbard, 37-year-old, 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. She is also the first Samoan American member and the first Hindu of the Congress and serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Gabbard is joining what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has already formed an exploratory committee and is moving quickly with trips across early primary states.

She strongly advocates same-sex marriage and abortion right, Gabbard said she is concerned about the challenges that Americans face today. "There are a lot of reasons for me to take 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," she said, according to CNN.

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Gabbard said although her "main issue" will be "war and peace", she will push for combating climate change, reforming the criminal justice system, and providing healthcare for all Americans.