Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard running for president in 2020

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, has announced she's running for president in 2020. "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 said in an interview set to air Saturday on the network's The Van Jones Show.

"I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", CNN quoted Gabbard as saying in a pretaped interview for "The Van Jones Show".

She added, "There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision".

She said she sat down with Assad in an attempt to end the civil war in Syria.

Within minutes of the news that Gabbard is mounting a presidential campaign, the Republican National Committee (RNC) blasted out a press release detailing her potential vulnerabilities. A year later, she joined the Hawai'i Army National Guard; and in 2004, she volunteered to deploy, becoming the first state official to voluntarily step down from public office to serve in a war zone.

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) waves after making a nomination speech for Senator Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016.

Indeed, Gabbard has rankled some in her party for her unorthodox moves. She could find herself competing against the likes of such heavy hitters as Sen.

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Gabbard supports an anti-interventionist foreign policy that has come under scrutiny for its apparent soft stance on rogue regimes.

Gabbard sits on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees and is now a Major in the Army National Guard.

Gabbard's announcement comes after the progressive congresswoman was the headline speaker at a December meet-and-greet with Democrat activists in Exeter, New Hampshire, where she told local reporters that a White House bid was on the table.

Gabbard, 37, is the second woman after Senator Elizabeth Warren to enter the presidential race from the Democratic party.

Here are all the Democrats who have announced they will be running.

An article in The Intercept last week led to a debate after it described Gabbard as "a polarising figure" whose "progressive domestic politics are at odds with her support for authoritarians overseas, including [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi, [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah] Sisi, and Syria's Bashar al-Assad". She said "whoever is found responsible" must be held accountable and talked about "if" Assad is indeed guilty.

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