California Democrat Eric Swalwell to Announce 2020 U.S. Presidential Bid
USA – February 11, 2019
California Democrat Eric Swalwell joined a growing field of Democrats in the race to take on President Trump next year. He is close to deciding to run for president in 2020, CNBC reported on Monday. Swalwell told CNBC that he expects to make an announcement "soon" about whether he will run for president in 2020.
He has already added staff and offices in some key early states as he builds up a national campaign infrastructure.
"It's just making sure that we find the right moment when we're ready to go," Swalwell said of his 2020 plans last week. "But right now I see nothing but green lights."
The 38-year-old lawmaker has been to North Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Florida in recent days, and he plans over the next several weeks to return to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, where he has been adding staff and some offices.
Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees, would be the youngest president ever elected if he were to win the Oval Office in 2020. He chairs the Intelligence Modernization and Readiness Subcommittee, a panel with oversight for the U.S. intelligence community's policies and programs, including information technology modernization. Rep. Eric Swalwell was a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus during his first term in Congress. In 2016, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi promoted Swalwell to the vice-chair and later co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which determines committee assignments and policy priorities.
During the last session of Congress, Swalwell, though, belonged to 21 caucuses: Ad Hoc Committee for Irish Affairs, Animal Rights Caucus, Anti-Bullying Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific America Caucus, Congressional Dyslexia Caucus, Cybersecurity Caucus, Democratic Whip’s Taskforce on Poverty and Opportunity, Diabetes Caucus, Friends of Ireland, Future Caucus, High Tech Caucus, India Caucus, International Religious Freedom Caucus, Internet Caucus, Ports Caucus, Science and Labs Caucus, Sikh Caucus, Soccer Caucus (former co-chair), Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Victims’ Rights Caucus and Wine Caucus, according to his website.
An Iowa native, Swalwell was raised in California and elected to his first term in Congress in 2012 by defeating Rep. Pete Stark, a 40-year Democratic incumbent. Swalwell previously was an Alameda County prosecutor and city councilman in Dublin, a suburb in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area.
As a 2020 candidate, Swalwell would face competition from another Northern Californian who already has thrown her hat in the ring for the nomination — Sen. Kamala Harris. Both worked in the same district attorney's office and got their start in the Bay Area.
Swallwell is a fierce critic of President Trump. He said Trump has "done nothing" for Americans who are struggling to make ends meet and instead is more concerned with "top-floor executives."
Swalwell also rejects Trump's State of the Union claim of the nation being an "economic miracle," suggesting unemployment numbers and the stock market do not tell the full picture.
"There may be some economic miracles on the top floors of buildings across our country," Swalwell said, "but for most workers on most floors who toil away, they're not seeing the benefits of this economy. They feel like yeah they're working but just running in place, and health care is eating up their paychecks and they're just one emergency of a flat tire or a washing machine going out or a kid going to the ER from being wiped out."
Moreover, Swalwell said he's familiar with the everyday struggles of families. He was the first in his family to go to college, and he and his wife, Brittany Watts, have two young kids and nearly $100,000 in student loan debt.
In 2013, Swalwell came under fire for violating House rules by recording a video of himself voting against a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and posting it to the video site Vine. In 2016, The Hill labeled him “the Snapchat king of Congress” and he famously violated House rules again by streaming House Democrats’ sit-in against gun violence in June of 2016 on Facebook.
In 2013, he co-sponsored a bill to ban assault weapons shortly after being sworn in as a member of Congress. The legislation, which was similar to a ban that expired in 2004, failed to get through Congress.
Swalwell believes the American public is ready for federal legislation that can "take the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people." Besides a ban and buyback of every assault weapon, he also wants to improve the system for background checks.
As USA Really wrote last December, the politician confirmed that he favors confiscating guns and even had a “nuclear” take on what the government would do if it faced resistance.