Tulsi Gabbard to Run for President in 2020

"I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", the congresswoman told CNN's Van Jones in a preview of an interview set to air at 7pm ET on Saturday.

More than 12 Democratic leaders including Indian-origin Senator from California Kamala Harris are expected to announce their White House run to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.

Asked a year ago whether she would still consider running if Sanders ran, Gabbard said Sanders is a friend and she didn't know what his plans were.

More recently, Gabbard stirred controversy among fellow Democrats when she issued a statement accusing some of them of "religious bigotry" for questioning whether a judicial nominee's membership in a Catholic fraternal organization would affect his ability to apply the law.

According to Gabbard, 37, her campaign would primarily focus on "the issue of war and peace".

Gabbard said although her "main issue" will be "war and peace", she will push for combating climate change, reforming the criminal justice system, and providing healthcare for all Americans.

"There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision", Gabbard said.

The Iraq war veteran has become the first-ever Hindu to be running for the presidency in the US. If elected in 2020, she could be the youngest and first woman to be elected as the United States president.

What Democratic voters are going to want in 2020 is a candidate who used to attack "homosexual extremists", regularly went on Fox to criticize Obama for not taking "radical Islam" seriously, defended Assad, was considered for a job working for Trump, and is also in a cult maybe. "Will you join me?" Bernie Sanders at a time when most party officials were backing Hillary Clinton.

Gabbard had endorsed Sanders in 2016 after falling out with the Democratic National Committee over its handling of the primary and her opposition to Clinton's foreign policy views. "Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience - it's that she has no base of support". "I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement". Gabbard moved to Hawaii when she was two and embraced Hinduism as a teenager and is well-versed in the scriptures, PTI reported. Although the event is expected to be an intimate gathering of only a couple dozen donors and influential activists, it will be hard to avoid the comparison of a recent event Warren held in Sioux City, when she packed 400 into a refurbished downtown theater.

In 2017, Gabbard met with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad and drew widespread criticism.

Her father is American Samoan and her mother from Indiana.

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) waves after making a nomination speech for Senator Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016.