Rep. Swalwell gearing up for first presidential debate next week

Tri-Valley congressman among 20 Democrats taking stage over two days

Swalwell announced his candidacy for presidents in April, and made gun control reform, presidential integrity, education and healthcare central pillars of his campaign. (photo by Ryan J. Degan)

Presidential hopeful and Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell has made the cut for the Democrats' first presidential debate and will look to have a breakout moment to distinguish himself in front of a national audience next week.

Swalwell, a 38-year-old Dublin native in his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Pleasanton and the rest of District 15, is joining a crowded lineup of 20 candidates who will share the stage over the two-day debate held in Miami, which is scheduled to air on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo on June 26 and 27, 6-8 p.m. PDT each night.

The East Bay congressman will be taking the stage on the second day of debates (June 27), where he will go up against nine other candidates -- in order to accommodate the large number, 10 different candidates will take the stage each day -- including more prominent candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

"Support is growing for my campaign to go big on the issues we tackle, be bold in the solutions we offer, and do good with the way that we govern," Swalwell said after he qualified for the debate in April. "I'm grateful that I'll have a place on the debate stage to discuss ending gun violence, providing affordable healthcare for all while finding cures in our lifetime, ensuring all communities have top-notch schools, and making sure student loan debt isn't a lifetime burden."

Major candidates taking the stage on June 26 include Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas).

Since announcing his candidacy in April, Swalwell has made presidential integrity, government transparency, education and healthcare central pillars of his campaign, but ending gun violence and enforcing gun reforms has been his top priority.

To support his gun reform platform, on Monday afternoon Swalwell announced his comprehensive framework for "ending gun violence," doing so during a press conference near the national headquarters of the National Rifle Association in Fairfax, Va.

During the announcement, Swalwell laid out his plan which includes banning civilian possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, buying back weapons that are already in circulation, expanding mental health services to reduce suicides from firearms, increasing protection for people suffering from domestic abuse, and implementing background checks for all firearm and ammunition purchases, to name a few provisions of his plan.

"We're done letting the bullying, tweeting minority that leads the NRA dictate whether Americans live or die," Swalwell said in a statement. "I'm taking the battle to the NRA's doorstep with a new, broader package of commonsense reforms to end gun violence. We're done relying on thoughts and prayers -- it's time to act."

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25 people like this
Posted by Dalen
a resident of Danville
on Jun 19, 2019 at 6:12 am

Good grief what an embarrassment this guy is to be out there on the national stage - he’s going nowhere along with Kamala - such an embarrassment - CA is a joke anymore

24 people like this
Posted by What!
a resident of Danville
on Jun 19, 2019 at 6:29 am

Presidential Hopeful??? Really?? That's about don't have a snowball's chance!

20 people like this
Posted by Paul
a resident of Danville
on Jun 19, 2019 at 12:28 pm

Lol. What a joke.

2 people like this
Posted by Nolan
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 19, 2019 at 4:12 pm

I'm still rooting for Elizabeth Warren to win the nomination. But I would be thrilled if Eric Swalwell became her running mate. Would love to see him debate Mike Pence.

23 people like this
Posted by Long Term Resident
a resident of Danville
on Jun 20, 2019 at 7:33 am

It’s hard to believe out of 350 million people, their aren’t better candidates than this cast of characters. If this guy is reflective of the intelligence of the voters in our area, we are all in trouble. He spent over a year claiming a Trump is a KGB agent. Then when the Mueller report came out, he pivoted to the NRA and gun control. He is grasping for an issue to try and differentiate himself from the field. In the end, he knows he doesn’t stand a chance, but it looks good on his resume to state “former presidential candidate”.

9 people like this
Posted by Smittymap
a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2019 at 8:33 am

Why doesn’t he use the millions he is wasting on his campaign and help those in need in his area....they do this just to have his name recognized for future campaigns.

13 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 21, 2019 at 10:14 am

Hey Nolan,

Swalwell said he has evidence President Trump colluded with the Russians. Really? Where is it? He also stated that President Trump is an agent of Russia. Where are the facts to back that claim?

Swalwell was a former prosecutor. Prosecutors will not take on a case without evidence. It should make you wonder what kind of prosecutor this guy was.

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Posted by Nolan
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 21, 2019 at 10:26 am

Hey Malcom, That's why we need him to debate Mike Pence in front of a national audience to answer the important questions you brought up. It's not looking good for him so far in the polls but don't give up hope!!!

7 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 21, 2019 at 12:12 pm


Why debate a known liar? And why debate Swalwell when he is so far down in the polls?

Swalwell is a proven liar. He's had two years to produce evidence in which he stated that President Trump was an agent of Russia.

Why give a known liar airtime?

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Posted by Nolan
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 21, 2019 at 12:46 pm

Malcom, so the American people can see, listen and decide!

5 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 22, 2019 at 1:10 am

Decide what? And why would a VP debate a presidential candidate? You make absolutely no sense. You and AOC would make a fine pair. LOL!!!

8 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm

Swillwell, instant gag reflex!!!

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