She is the first Hindu member of Congress and its first Samoan American member, and she sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Adding to the mix, there is speculation that Nikki Haley, who quit as US Permanent Representative to the United Nations at the end of last last may seek the Republican Party nomination in the event that President Donald Trump is not up for re-election next year.
Leading up to the 2016 Democratic primaries, Gabbard served under Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as vice-chairwoman but resigned to fully support Bernie Sanders' campaign.
Gabbard is joining what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field. Sen.
The Iraq war veteran has become the first-ever Hindu to be running for the presidency in the US.
"Not sure if the country is ready for another African American", said an Indian American Republican donor and strategist, who said he would like Harris to devote more time burnishing her credentials as an Indian American.
She was condemned by Democrats and Republicans alike, as the prevailing narrative in the U.S. is that the Syrian president is a war criminal because he purportedly used chemical weapons against civilians.More news: Peyton Manning recommended Adam Gase to Jets
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She drew controversy when she met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in 2017 amidst the brutal civil war there.
Gabbard has also made headlines for referring to President Trump as "Saudi Arabia's b--", after the president argued for the importance of a strong U.S-Saudi relationship amid calls for him to take a tougher stance on the kingdom in response to the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi. She could find herself competing against the likes of such heavy hitters as Sen.
Gabbard, 37, is widely known for her unorthodox positions within the Democratic caucus.
Gabbard later said she "felt it's important that if we profess to truly care about the Syrian people, about their suffering, then we've got to be able to meet with anyone that we need to if there is a possibility that we could achieve peace". She said "whoever is found responsible" must be held accountable and talked about "if" Assad is indeed guilty.
Sanders himself may run for the party nomination and another candidate from the party's left, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, has announced her candidature.
Gabbard has a habit of bucking people in her own party. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) are also reportedly considering running for president. "Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience - it's that she has no base of support".