Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she is running for president in 2020

PHOTO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, attends a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in Emancipation Hall to honor Filipino veterans of World War II, Oct. 25, 2017. PlayTom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images, FILE
WATCH News headlines today: Jan. 11, 2019

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is running for President in 2020.

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The Democrat and Iraq War veteran who was first elected to Congress in 2012 told CNN's Van Jones in an interview slated to air Saturday evening that a formal announcement of her candidacy will come shortly.

"I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," Gabbard said.

Gabbard, 37, is also the first Hindu member of Congress, and is one of the first major candidates to directly declare a presidential candidacy.

Thus far only former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has mounted an official presidential bid. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee at the end of last year.

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

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.

"Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience — it’s that she has no base of support," RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens wrote in a statement released Friday evening.