"I've decided to run and make a formal announcement within the next week," the Hawaii Democrat told CNN's Van Jones during an interview scheduled for 7pm. Saturday on CNN's "The Van Jones Show".
Gabbard, a veteran of the Iraq war, is currently a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. It is the first American Samoa and the first Hindu member of the Congress.
"There are many reasons for me to make that decision.There are many challenges facing the American people that I'm worried about and wanting to help solve," he said, listing access to the news. health care, criminal justice reform and climate change as key issues of the platform.
"There is a main issue that is central to the rest, and this is the question of war and peace," added Gabbard. "I can not wait to be able to get into this and talk deeply about it when we make our announcement."
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In 2015, Gabbard, then vice-president of the National Democratic Committee, was strongly critical of his then-president Debbie Wasserman Schultz for only planning six presidential debates during the 2016 election cycle primaries. She later resigned as Vice President of the DNC to become one of the high profile supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, aligning herself with her populist economic message.
Gabbard exposed anti-interventionist foreign policy positions in Congress. His 2017 meeting with the Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad has given rise to numerous criticisms. "Initially, I had not planned to meet him," Gabbard told CNN Jake Tapper in January 2017. "When the opportunity came to meet him, I did this because I felt it was important that if we really care about the The Syrians, their sufferings, then we must be able to meet anyone we need if there's a chance we can get peace, and that's exactly what we talked about. "
Gabbard quickly joins growing sector of Democrats eager to hire President Donald Trump for the presidency.
Other potential Democratic candidates, including heavyweights like former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders, are currently weighing the chance to run for president and should announce soon its decision.
Eric Bradner and Gregory Krieg of CNN contributed to this report.