Democratic U.S. Rep. Swalwell Ends Long-Shot White House Bid

REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell on Monday became the first major candidate to drop out of the Democratic presidential race, ending a long-shot bid fueled in part by his efforts to investigate Republican President Donald Trump.

“I thank my supporters & friends, my staff, & my family for making this journey possible,” Swalwell, 38, said on Twitter. He added he planned to run for re-election to Congress in his California district.

He said on Monday he was not prepared to make an endorsement in the crowded Democratic contest for the right to face Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.

Swalwell was one of the more aggressive candidates on the Democratic debate stage last month, challenging former Vice President Joe Biden, 76, to “pass the torch” to a younger generation.

But the approach did little to improve his standing in opinion polls among the more than 20 Democrats seeking the party’s nomination. He was in jeopardy of falling short of the qualification requirements for the next round of debates later this month.

Swalwell has raised his profile in recent years by becoming a staple on cable television news, especially to talk about investigations of the Trump administration. But he consistently trailed in 2020 presidential polls.

Swalwell was one of the youngest candidates vying for the Democratic nomination, along with Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, 37, and U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii, 38. The minimum age to serve as U.S. president is 35.

He said that while his campaign was ending, his mission to end gun violence was just beginning.

(Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Peter Cooney)

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John
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John

Who’s next?

Don Snyder
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As Dennis Miller said so famously: “I got only one less electoral vote then he did, and I didn’t even run.”

Dave
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Dave

Of the 24 clowns running for the democrat nomination, he is probably thee most despicable pathological liar …..but there are several others that give him a run….

BWMAGA
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Of course he’s the first to bail out. Probably unable to generate enough contributions to cover his airfare to make it to the next debate.

BWMAGA
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Swalwell, every time he opens his mouth I get that same visceral feeling I get whenever I hear Mad Max, Pelosi, Schumer, pencil necked Schiff and fingernails on a chalkboard. All the same.

william jackson
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Another creep bites the dust
Good riddance weirdo

paul
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paul

I would say by there Mr. swallow but instead i say good riddance.

James
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Screwtape: Yes any blind person can see the financial shenanigans which are being pulled by the Leftists day in and day out. There is a Federal Elections Commission which is “supposed to be” watching the financial activities and actions of the elected politicians. Yet, Tlaib and Omar HAVE WRITTEN checks to themselves from their campaign funds; Bozo O’Rourke’s Staff is spending campaign money to feed and transport ILLEGAL ALIENS away from ICE’s view in El Paso, TX and Alexandria Occasionally Coherent has paid her boy friend from campaign funds even though he was not employed by the campaign. Nice work… Read more »

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