"There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve", she told Jones, listing issues such as health care, criminal justice reform and climate change.
Gabbard's announcement comes after the progressive congresswoman was the headline speaker at a December meet-and-greet with Democrat activists in Exeter, New Hampshire, where she told local reporters that a White House bid was on the table.
"I'm thinking through how I can best be of service and I'll make my decision based on that", she said.
Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, now serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Gabbard, 37, said "the issue of war and peace" would be the main focus of her campaign. The Samoan and Hindu congresswoman is an Iraq War veteran and an outspoken critic of U.S. "regime change" policy in Syria. "I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement".
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) waves after making a nomination speech for Senator Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. She later resigned her post as DNC vice chair to become one of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' highest-profile supporters, aligning herself with his populist economic message.
Due to her antiwar stance in Syria, Gabbard was at one point rumored to be a potential candidate to head Trump's State Department, and even met with the president-elect at Trump Tower in November 2016, but nothing came of it.
Gabbard joins a quickly growing field of Democrats eager to take on President Donald Trump for the presidency.
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. Elizabeth Warren of MA has already formed an exploratory committee and is moving quickly with trips across early primary states. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) are also reportedly considering running for president.