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Tulsi Gabbard announces 2020 presidential run to take on Trump

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, has said that she is running for the in 2020.

Gabbard, 37, is the second woman after to enter the from the

More than 12 Democratic leaders including Indian-origin from California are expected to announce their run to challenge in 2020.

Gabbard, a four-time in the from Hawaii, told Friday: "I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week".

The war veteran has become the first-ever Hindu to be running for the presidency in the US.

Gabbard, who converted to Hinduism early in her life, is highly popular among Indian-Americans.

If elected, she would be the youngest ever and first woman of the She would also be the first non-Christian and first Hindu to occupy the top post. However, at this point of time, American political pundits do not give her much chance.

Hindus constitute less than one per cent of the American population, an overwhelming majority of whom are either from or are people of Indian-origin.

Gabbard, a of the powerful House Caucus, was recently re-elected for the from for the fourth consecutive term.

A winner of the elections beginning early 2020 would be finally nominated by the in its convention later that summer to challenge the in the November 2020 elections.

Trump has announced to seek his re-election. The winner of the Democratic would be pitted against him.

Gabbard, who supported against former in the 2016 Democratic primary, told the that there are a lot of reasons for her 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.

She listed access to health care, criminal justice reform and climate change as key issues.

"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace. I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement," said.

Former US has also expressed his interest in the 2020 bid.

Rania Batrice, who was a for in 2016 and is now a top aide to Gabbard, will be her campaign manager, reported.

The 2020 presidential cycle is scheduled to kick off from the Iowa Caucuses on February 3, 2020, followed by the Primary on February 11, caucus of February 15 and on February 22.

Among other Democrats speculated to run for include Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, and

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 09:00 IST