In particular, she was criticized for meeting with Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad in 2017. She says it's important to meet with adversaries if "you are serious about pursuing peace". While Gabbard is a Democrat, she was emphatically not a Clinton supporter, resigning as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee in February 2016 to endorse Bernie Sanders in the primary. In 2004, she volunteered for a 12-month tour of duty in Iraq while serving in the Hawaii Army National Guard, leaving her seat as a state legislator to do so.
"Not sure if the country is ready for another African American", said an Indian American Republican donor and strategist, who said he would like Harris to devote more time burnishing her credentials as an Indian American.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA on December 31 announced she had formed an exploratory committee for a presidential run in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 presidential election.
Gabbard, 37, arrived in Congress six years ago after an underdog campaign for Hawaii's mostly rural 2nd District. She was one of the few lawmakers to back Sen.
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She said it was right for the government to make preparations for no deal, comparing it with wearing a seatbelt when driving a fast auto .
Gabbard is joining what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen.
"I'm thinking through how I can best be of service and I'll make my decision based on that", she said.
Gabbard, a native of American Samoa, was elected to the Hawaii State Legislature in 2002 at the age of 21, the youngest woman to be elected to a state legislature in US history at the time.
Gabbard has attracted significant criticism for her positions on Syria, particularly on Assad.
She questioned whether Assad was responsible for a chemical attack on civilians that killed dozens and led the United States to attack a Syrian air base.
Gabbard certainly poses a thorny problem for the neocon-neoliberal axis, as she checks all the identity politics boxes - the first Hindu member of Congress, a woman, a veteran - and she has undeniable populist appeal, given her anti-establishment record.
Rania Batrice will manage Gabbard's campaign.