Tulsi Gabbard & Julian Castro

 Two more candidates joined the field in what will likely be a crowded Democratic party primary.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) declared their intentions to seek the Presidency. The duo join Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) as early entries into the 2020 campaign.

Castro, 44, HUD secretary in the Obama administration, is trying to become the country’s first Latino President. He made his announcement on Saturday in San Antonio, where he served as mayor for five years.

“Today, we live in a world in which brainpower is the new currency of success,” Castrosaid.“If we want to compete – and we better – we need everybody’s talent. We don’t have a single person to waste.”

On Friday, Gabbard told CNN commentatorVan Jonesshe was off and running. Her announcement, however, was greeted by revelations of anti-gay positions Gabbard held in 2004. Then a 22-year-old state representative, Gabbardtestifiedagainst a bill that sought to legalize same-sex civil unions.

“To try to act as if there is a difference between ‘civil unions’ and same-sex marriage is dishonest, cowardly and extremely disrespectful to the people of Hawaii,” Gabbard said. “As Democrats, we should be representing the views of the people, not a small number of homosexual extremists.”

Gabbard, 37, is the first American Samoan and first Hindu member of Congress. A decorated Army officer, Gabbard has deployed twice to Middle Eastern war zones. She currently sits on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees.

Gabbard told Jones there are numerous concerning challenges that Americans face that she wants to help solve. “There is one issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace,” she added.

Other Democratic candidates mulling a run are: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Senator Kamala Harris of California, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke and Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side, no one has stepped up to challenge sitting President Donald Trump, although several names are being floated byBeltway insiders. Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan have been mentioned as possible GOP contenders.

  

Gay Winners of The Week:

 

  1. Jared Polis, Colorado Governor:Polis, sworn in last week, declared Colorado solid, strong, successful, daring and bold in his state of the statespeech. Polis is believed to be the first known gay man elected to one of America’s governorships. He is a father of two who represented Colorado in the U.S. Congress prior to being elected Governor.
  1. Pete Buttigieg, South Bend Indiana Mayor: Speculation continues to swirl around Mayor Pete’s possible 2020 campaign. In an interview with Washington Post journalist Jonathan Capehart, Buttigieg fashioned a pitch to Democratic primary voters: “Want a Democratic message that can fit on a bumper sticker? How about: Freedom, Democracy, Security,” Buttigieg tweeted on Jan. 8.