WFB: Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) said Friday that she will run for president in 2020.
“I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” Gabbard told CNN host Van Jones in an interview schduled to air on Saturday.
“There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision. 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, pointing to health care, criminal justice reform, and climate change.
“There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace,” Gabbard said. “I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement.”
Rania Batrice will manage Gabbard’s campaign. Batrice served as a deputy campaign manager for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) in 2016. MORE
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio)–in the latest sign he is considering a 2020 run for president–is preparing to visit Iowa in the coming weeks, according to individuals with knowledge of the planning.
An Iowa trip would be the latest indication Brown is considering a White House run centered on the “dignity of work” platform from his 2018 reelection campaign, Politico reports. Iowa native Sarah Benzing, Brown’s longtime aide and current chief of staff, has ramped up planning for a possible run.
“Groundwork for Sherrod is just working through it with his family, first and foremost, and deciding whether this is a good fit and they want to go through it,” Benzing told Politico in an interview. “For us, because we’re less than a year out from the Iowa caucuses and when Iowa starts their early vote, I see my responsibility as helping to get an infrastructure ready should he decide that he wants to run. It’s calling people, checking in, making sure the fundraising apparatus is there—those sort of nuts and bolts of things.”