"I'm thinking through how I can best be of service and I'll make my decision based on that", she said.
Gabbard was elected to Congress in 2012 and now serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
'I have made a decision to run, ' Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard told CNN and will soon make a formal announcement for president.
There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace.
In 2015, Gabbard, then a vice-chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was sharply critical of its then-chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for scheduling just six presidential debates during the 2016 primary election cycle.
Last year, Gabbard came under fire for an impromptu meeting with Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad during what she described as a fact-finding trip to discuss possible solutions to end the war in Syria.
She has also courted controversy by picking a fight with Hawaii Sen. More recently she blasted President Trump for being "Saudi Arabia's bitch".
A staunch anti-war voice in Congress, Gabbard has called for the U.S.to halt further involvement in Saudi Arabia's military intervention in Yemen, describing the civil war as a humanitarian crisis. The Samoan and Hindu congresswoman is an Iraq War veteran and an outspoken critic of United States "regime change" policy in Syria. She served in a medical unit of the Hawaii National Guard and was deployed in Kuwait and Iraq. "It is long overdue that we end USA complicity in Saudi Arabia's atrocities", Gabbard said of the hot button issue.
Gabbard joins a quickly growing field of Democrats eager to take on President Donald Trump for the presidency. Bernie Sanders and California Sen.
The US senator Elizabeth Warren, of MA, on 31 December announced she had formed an exploratory committee for a presidential run in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 presidential election.
A number of other potential Democratic candidates, including heavyweights like former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen.