"But the main reason I'm running has to do with an issue that is central to the rest - war and peace", Rep. Gabbard stated.
President Trump has announced to seek his re-election.
If elected, the 37-year-old lawmaker, who is known to surf the waters of her native Hawaii, would be the youngest president in U.S. history. While her support for Sanders' economic message may turn off libertarians for obvious reasons, it's hard to imagine there being anyone in either major party primary who will be more critical of America's wasteful and seemingly endless post-9/11 wars.More news: HTC intros new Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos VR headsets
"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. Gabbard has questioned whether the Syrian leader was actually responsible for a chemical attack on civilians that killed dozens and led to a retaliatory U.S. attack on a Syrian airbase. Her 2017 meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad drew widespread criticism.
Gabbard, 37, arrived in Congress six years ago after an underdog campaign for Hawaii's mostly rural 2nd District. Bernie Sanders are all weighing their own presidential bids and are expected to announce decisions in the upcoming weeks.
She made waves recently for saying in a tweet that President Trump is "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for announcing the US will stand with Saudi Arabia, regardless of any intelligence community assessment on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "It is long overdue that we end USA complicity in Saudi Arabia's atrocities", Gabbard said of the hot button issue.
Sanders himself may run for the party nomination and another candidate from the party's left, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, has announced her candidature.
"Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience - it's that she has no base of support", RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens wrote in a statement released Friday evening.