"I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", Gabbard told CNN's Van Jones during an interview to air Saturday.
"I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", Gabbard told CNN's Van Jones during an interview scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Saturday. "There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve", Gabbard added.
Gabbard was one of the most prominent lawmakers to back Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary. She also was one of the first female combat veterans elected to Congress ― deployed to Iraq from 2004 to 2005, and to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009 as a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard.
Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and is now a top aide to Gabbard, will be the campaign manager, Batrice says.
Gabbard, 37, who hasn't hesitated to criticize her party on global and domestic issues, revealed her decision on CNN's 'Van Jones Show'.
Rumors of her run for president have circulated in recent months. She opposed the Obama administration's interventions in Syria as being "against America's national security, worldwide credibility, economic interest, and moral center" and has called for putting an end to the Afghanistan war "as soon as possible".
"I'm seriously thinking of how I can best be of service to our country", she told Concord Monitor News reporter Paul Steinhauser before meeting with Rockingham County Democrats.
She's also reached across the aisle to work with libertarian-minded Republicans like Sen. Though Gabbard has been aligned with Trump over some aspects of Middle East policy ― including whether the USA should provide support for Syrian militias fighting Assad ― she recently called Trump "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for his failure to react to the Saudi killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Gabbard remains popular with some liberals but will have serious competition with other candidates on the left flank of the party. She said "whoever is found responsible" must be held accountable and talked about "if" Assad is indeed guilty.
Gabbard sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she is able to influence United States foreign policy.
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