According to new reports, Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell, an outspoken critic of President Trump and a main propagator of the now-debunked “Russia collusion” theory regarding his 2016 election, is preparing to announce his intent to seek the White House in 2020.
Prominent Democrats have reported discussing the plans with Swalwell and his team, with rumors of Swalwell’s possible campaign growing within recent weeks.
“You will know his decision this month,” said a spokesperson for Swalwell recently, adding, “You can infer what you will from the fact that he is still traveling, in terms of what way he is leaning,” in reference to Swalwell’s growing number of public appearances.
Swalwell, however, has acknowledged that the possibility of competing against top Democrats such as Bernie Sanders and possibly Joe Biden is “daunting.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell and political advisers around him have started to tell top Democrats he plans to launch a presidential campaign this month, according to multiple Democrats who have talked to Swalwell and people inside his political operation.The California Democrat, a 38-year-old four-term congressman from the Bay Area, has made five trips to Iowa and three trips to New Hampshire since the 2018 midterms.
He will return to the Granite State Saturday, according to his congressional campaign. He also will headline an event in his district on April 14, “where he will discuss his vision for the East Bay and America.”
The congressman began telling reporters as early as August 2018 that he was considering jumping in to the race. That chatter has increased in recent weeks, with Swalwell telling Iowa Democrats and Democratic donors that he planned to announce a longshot 2020 bid in April, after the first quarter fundraising deadline has passed.
Asked about conversations he has had with Democrats, Swalwell did not deny his plans to announce this month.”No news from us,” he said.But multiple Democrats tell CNN that Swalwell, and the growing number of aides and advisers around him, have begun informing Democrats in early states that the California congressman will announce a bid this month.
No plans are locked in, these Democrats said, but one told CNN that they were told Swalwell hopes to make the announcement on a late-night talk show.A spokesman for Swalwell would not confirm those comments but hinted that an announcement could be imminent.
“You will know his decision this month,” a Swalwell spokesman said. “You can infer what you will from the fact that he is still traveling in terms of what way he is leaning.”Swalwell’s entrance into the race would make him the latest longshot candidate to enter the crowded and growing field vying for the chance to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.
Democrats are waiting on former Vice President Joe Biden to decide on a run, along with former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana and Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts.Swalwell has raised his profile in recent years by becoming a stable on cable television, especially to talk about investigations into the Trump administration.
But even he admitted in a December interview with CNN that a possible presidential bid against big-name Democrats like Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders is “daunting.””I don’t want to do it half-assed,” he said.
“I would want it to be a serious campaign that could be a winning campaign.”Swalwell would enter the race looking up at other Democrats in terms of money and name recognition, but he told CNN earlier this year that one of the biggest hurdles for him getting into the 2020 race is the impact a campaign would have on his two children under 2 years old.