Tulsi Gabbard launches presidential campaign

Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard comes from a Hindu family in Hawaii. Reuters

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard kicked off her 2020 Presidential campaign outside the Hilton Hawaiian Village Saturday afternoon.

"Join me in building a movement for peace at home and overseas that will fulfil the promise of America for freedom, justice, equality, and opportunity for all".

Gabbard has thus far reportedly raised $2 million for her campaign - significantly less than her Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren, reported to have raised around $11 million. She comes from a multicultural, multi-religious family and, as a practicing Hindu, was the first Hindu elected to Congress.

After graduating with honors from the Accelerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy, Gabbert deployed again to Kuwait as a military police officer, and she continues to serve as a major in the National Guard.

Congressional filings from a year ago disckose that Gabbard bought Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC) during December 2017, when the market saw that massive bull run, with investments of between $1,001-15,000.

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Gabbard is an Iraq War veteran who gained national prominence in 2016.

Gabbard serves on the House Armed Services Committee where she is a strong advocate for veterans, our service members, and making smart strategic decisions that best secure our nation.

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She's the United States representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district, Tulsi Gabbard.

"You can describe it however you want to describe it", Gabbard said. "My skepticism in the past has been exclusively on saying, show us the evidence before you deploy USA troops into military action because I served in Iraq and I understood what that cost came when the American people were lied to and presented false evidence, where we started off a new war", Gabbard responded.

Democratic nominating contests begin in February 2020.

"Gabbard's most controversial position and the one where she's most in line with Russian interests is on Syria", wrote NBC News reporters Robert Windrem and Ben Popken.

The nominee will likely face Republican President Donald Trump in November's general election.

"Assad is not the enemy of the United States because Syria does not pose a direct threat to the United States", Gabbard said.

In 2015, she parted with many Democrats by criticizing then-President Barack Obama for refusing to use the term "Islamic extremism" to describe members of Islamic State and other militant groups.

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