Why did Tulsi Gabbard choose Hinduism

US Democrat Gabbard is aiming for 2020 presidential candidacy

If elected, the politician would be the youngest head of state in US history. She represents Hawaii in the House of Representatives. The Iraq veteran is the first Hindu member of the US Congress and is a member of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

(reu afp) The Democratic MP Tulsi Gabbard wants to run in 2020 in the presidential election against the Republican incumbent Donald Trump. She announced this in a TV interview.

"I've decided to run and will make a formal announcement within the next week," the 37-year-old told CNN on Friday.

If elected, the politician would be the youngest head of state in US history. Gabbard represents Hawaii in the House of Representatives. The Iraq veteran is the first Hindu member in the US Congress and sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives.

There are "many reasons" for their decision. "There are many challenges facing the American people that I worry about and want to help overcome." She wanted to put "the subject of war and peace" at the center of her campaign.

Criticized because of Assad's visit

Gabbard came under fire in 2017 when she met not only refugees and opposition leaders, but also secretly the ruler Bashar al-Assad during a visit to the civil war in Syria. When the visit became public, she said she had not originally planned the encounter. When she was given the opportunity, however, she said yes, because in her opinion every chance must be used to "end this war that is causing so much suffering to the Syrian people".

At the end of December, the Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts had already positioned herself for the 2020 election. It is expected that ex-Vice President Joe Biden and Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Corey Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand could also run for the Democrats. The former housing minister under ex-President Barack Obama, Julian Castro, also recently set up an election committee.