Gabbard plans rally after rocky presidential campaign launch

Presidential hopeful U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard plans to kick off her campaign with a rally in her home state of Hawaii this weekend

The Democratic congresswoman's first rally on Saturday comes after she formally launched her effort with an online video and declaration on CNN last month.

State Sen. Kai Kahele, a Democrat, then announced he would run for Gabbard's congressional seat in 2020. Gabbard hasn't said whether she plans to run for re-election as a congresswoman while simultaneously seeking the presidency.

Politico reported this week Gabbard campaign manager Rania Batrice was leaving.

The rally will be held on a lawn at a sprawling Hilton hotel complex in Waikiki.

She was a fierce opponent of same-sex marriage when she served in the state Legislature in her 20s. But she has since disavowed those views and professes her support for LGBTQ rights.

Gabbard has represented Honolulu's suburbs and rural Hawaii in the U.S. House since 2013. She is a combat veteran who served in Iraq and Kuwait with the Hawaii National Guard.

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