Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Rep. Eric Swalwell is expected to withdraw from presidential race

Rep. Eric Swalwell is expected to withdraw from presidential race

Eric Swalwell is expected to announce Monday that he's dropping out of the 2020 race for president, according to a source familiar with his plans.

Swalwell became the first 2020 Democrat to end their presidential bid, which came just two days after the then-candidate took direct aim at McConnell for blocking gun control legislation passed by House Democrats.

Swalwell said. "I will take those lessons back to Congress, serving my friends and neighbors in California's 15th District while using my seats on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees to make our nation safer and uphold the rule of law for all Americans".

Swalwell, though, failed to gain traction in a crowded Democratic field and only qualified for the first set of Democratic debates because of the Democratic National Committee's 1% poll standard, not because of grassroots support.

He said at a press conference at his California campaign headquarters that he did not see a way for his campaign to continue to meet fundraising and polling thresholds to qualify for debates.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, made headlines at the Democratic presidential debates when he told former Vice President Joe Biden that it was time to "pass the torch" to a younger candidate. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris.

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The congressman made gun control a central plank of his campaign. "We've achieved that. Communities across America who've been stricken by mass shootings now know that at least three of the frontrunners support this idea that these weapons of war do not belong in our communities".

The Swalwell campaign was also hindered by its candidate's gaffe-prone nature.

"We need a candidate to be tested, I'll tell you that much", he said, "Because a Donald Trump is the best political puncher ever".

Swalwell repeatedly ranked at the bottom of public opinion polls, and he acknowledged that those numbers did not budge after his appearance at the debate.

Guttenberg, who did not formally endorse any candidates but had praised Swalwell's focus on gun control, said he was confident that the issue of gun violence would stay at the center of the 2020 Democratic primary campaign. A few months after taking office, he launched an improbable campaign to oust fellow Democrat Pete Stark from Congress after 20 terms. At the Miami debates last month, Swalwell also stood out when he called on the older candidates in the race to "pass the torch", using the old quote from Joe Biden to argue that the party ought to nominate a younger candidate.

A spokesperson for Swalwell's campaign declined to comment.

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