Tulsi Gabbard (37), the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, has said that she is running for the White House in 2020. She is the second woman after Senator Elizabeth Warren to enter the presidential race from the Democratic party.
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. Gabbard, a four-time Democratic lawmaker in the US House of Representatives from Hawaii, declared that “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week”.
The Iraq war veteran has become the first-ever Hindu to be running for the presidency in the US. Gabbard, who converted to Hinduism early in her life, is highly popular among Indian-Americans.
If elected, she would be the youngest ever and first woman President of the United States. She would also be the first non-Christian and first Hindu to occupy the top post. However, at this point of time, American political pundits do not give her much chance.
Hindus constitute less than one per cent of the American population, an overwhelming majority of whom are either from India or are people of Indian-origin. Gabbard, a co-Chair of the powerful House India Caucus, was recently re-elected for the US House of Representatives from Hawaii for the fourth consecutive term.
President Trump has announced to seek his re-election. The winner of the Democratic primary would be pitted against him.