Tulsi Gabbard officially announces 2020 presidential run
She is entering a crowded race for the presidency.
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard kicked off her 2020 Presidential campaign outside the Hilton Hawaiian Village Saturday afternoon.
She is entering a crowded race for the presidency. Seven democrats already officially declared their run. Gabbard wants to lead the nation with the spirit of Aloha if she's elected.
"Join me in putting this spirit of service above self in the forefront and stand up against greed and corruption," Gabbard said.
Gabbard has been serving in Hawaii's second congressional district since 2012. She served on the Homeland security and foreign affair committees. As an Army National Guard veteran, she wants to bring her experience from the military to a national level.
"I will build partnerships with other nations based on shared interests, leading with a foreign policy not based on conflict but instead, cooperation," she said.
Gabbard also called to fight against greed and corruption.
"Stand up against this administration that claims to believe in America first but who sells our troops, our weapons and our interest to whichever country is the highest bidder," she said.
Even though Gabbard was criticized for her past comments on the LGBT community, one supporter said he believes her change of heart.
"I believe that she really has made that change and she'll fight for the progressive values for all people. Black, LGBTQ, anything," Marcus Holbert, a Tulsi Gabbard supporter and intern, said.
In the audience, her dad, State Representative Mike Gabbard and mom, Carol, say they're happy she's stepping up to serve others.
"The leadership, the determination, that mission oriented that she learned has served her well in trying to serve the people of this state, and hopefully this country," Mike Gabbard said.
Gabbard is 37 years old and if she wins this White House race, she would be the youngest president in U.S. history.