'Seriously' considering running for presidency in 2020, says Tulsi Gabbard

Updated: Dec 14, 2018, 15:57 IST | Agencies

If she announced her candidature, she would be the first Hindu ever to be running for the presidency in the United states

Tulsi Gabbard
Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, has said that she was "seriously" considering running for the White House in 2020. This is for the first time that the four-time Democratic lawmaker in the US house of Representatives from Hawaii has indicated that she may run for the presidency. "I'm seriously considering it," Gabbard, 37, said this week in response to a question on her presidential aspirations.

If she announced her candidature, she would be the first Hindu ever to be running for the presidency in the United states. And if elected in 2020, she could be the youngest and first woman to be the US president.

"I'm concerned about the direction of our country. I'm thinking through it very carefully," Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran, said. Before challenging President Donald Trump in the November 2020 elections, she would have to fight it against her own Democratic party colleagues in primary elections beginning early that year. Gabbard is highly popular among Indian-Americans.

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