Democratic U.S. Rep. Swalwell ends long-shot White House bid

Erika Holt
July 10, 2019

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary on Monday to seek reelection to his House seat.

"Today ends our presidential campaign, but it is the beginning of a new opportunity in Congress", he added.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, the Far-Left California Democrat Congressman who famously reminded gun owners that the government has nuclear weapons should they choose to resist his gun confiscation schemes, is abandoning his nascent presidential campaign.

According to most polls, Swalwell was sitting around 1% in support, barely a statistical blip on the radar for most voters.

Just three weeks ago, in front of the headquarters of the National Rifle Association in Virginia, Swalwell debuted his "National Framework to End Gun Violence" to a small crowd. With his cable news cred as his backdrop, Swalwell launched a 2020 presidential campaign back in February but never really gained any meaningful traction.

Swalwell said he was not ready to endorse one of the remaining candidates. "If there was a viable chance, I would not be standing here today", he said.

During the first primary debate, Swalwell told former Vice President Joe Biden, who is76 years old, at least six times that he should "pass the torch" to a younger candidate, such as himself.

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"We need this field to start shrinking so candidates can distinguish themselves".

Julia Manchester and Scott Wong of The Hill broke the story of his departure from the presidential race in advance of Swalwell's Monday afternoon announcement. The California congressman told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in April on Good Morning America "I'm telling folks, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns, keep your pistols, we just want the most risky weapons out of the hands of the most unsafe people".

The race for the Democratic nomination for president has only recently begun, yet the first candidate has already dropped out of the contest. Kamala Harris confronting Biden for opposing forced school busing for racial integration in the 1970s.

Though his campaign is ending, Swalwell took pride in pushing every candidate to support a ban and buyback of assault weapons during the first debate.

"I thank my supporters & friends, my staff, & my family for making this journey possible", Swalwell, 38, said on Twitter. On Monday, Swalwell praised his wife who he described as "a hell of a surrogate". With two-dozen fellow Dems crowding Swalwell out of the limelight, and poll numbers hovering in the bottom of his peers, the California progressive said this week that he could, "no longer see a path forward to the nomination".

Swalwell said tackling student debt and gun violence were among the reasons he jumped into the race.

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