Candidate Profiles is our featured series on Democratic candidates as they announce their candidacies for 2020.
On Friday, Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) announced that she is running for president in 2020.
“I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” she told CNN.
Tulsi, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said her campaign platform will address health care, climate change, and criminal justice reform.
- Gabbard graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
- At age 21, she was the youngest person to be so elected to the Hawai’i State House of Representatives.
- She was deployed to Iraq in 2005, and she maintains her role as a member of the Hawaii National Guard.
- Gabbard is the first Samoan American member and the first Hindu member of Congress.
Gabbard has established herself as an anti-war Democrat, which won’t play well with the party.
Back in 2017, She met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amidst the current Syrian civil war.
She has since been convinced that removal of the brutal dictator is not a wise idea, and that the United States should cease to fund the U.S. backed rebels fighting against Assad’s regime.
It’s difficult to imagine liberals coalescing around such message, and Republicans will likely feel the same.
Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens had this to say:
“Liberals think she’s too conservative, conservatives think she’s too liberal, and just about everyone thinks her coziness with Bashar al-Assad is disturbing.”
The RNC has since released a “cheat sheet” on her.
Our Estimate – LONG SHOT
While Tulsi Gabbard is certainly a house-hold name for politicos, she currently doesn’t have enough star-status or momentum to propel her to the nomination.
Out of all the potential Democratic nominees, Gabbard is one that has a stronger chance of defeating President Trump in the general election, she’s much more populist than her colleagues.
However, Elizabeth Warren, who has not officially announced her candidacy but has launched an explanatory committee for president, probably stands a better chance of capturing the nomination.
Of course, the more sensible the candidate, the less likely Democrats will end up actually choosing them. That’s the modern-day Democratic party.
Conservatives, don’t sleep on her.
But don’t bet money on her, either.
Due to her anti-war rhetoric, it’s hard to see her defeating the Democratic establishment and winning the nomination.