2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) tried to defend his abysmal polling numbers following the first round of debates by saying he will be doing better when more people watch the future debates.
During an interview with CNN’s John Berman, Swalwell was asked by the host when he would “get out” of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, pointing to the fact that he was polling “at an asterisk” in a recent CNN poll.
Swalwell — who was aptly described as an “asterisk” by “The View” co-host Meghan McCain — responded by saying that it was “early” in the race and stated that the majority of the people polled “did not watch the debate.”
“So, it’s early as you know, just under 500 days until the next election. But also what’s interesting in that poll is that 57% of the people polled did not watch the debate,” said the California congressman.
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Berman conceded that fact to Swalwell but pointed out that when you considered the people who did not watch the debate, the California Democrat’s stance did not improve.
Swalwell — who said that people who did not comply with his mandatory “assault weapon” ban and buyback program would be sent to jail — attempted to push back by reiterating that it was still “early” in the game and that he had less time to “talk” during the debates than the other candidates who are “polling higher right now.”
“Yeah, it’s early. You know, I got about four minutes total to talk. Others like the vice president and, you know, people who are polling higher right now talked for about 12 to 13 minutes. My goal, frankly, John, was to introduce myself as someone who’s been in Congress for seven years, has been on the Intelligence Committee, has tried to shake things up by leading new members of Congress to Washington.”
The California Democrat is trailing behind several others in his 2020 competition.
The new poll still has former Vice President Joe Biden as the frontrunner in the race with the support of 22 percent of respondents but saw California Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) edge out self-described democratic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for second place at 17 percent.