There’s confusion in Rep. Eric Swalwell’s (D-Calif.) world, as his past promises to not run for both president and reelection in the House are coming back to bite.
Swalwell — who was widely mocked after news broke that he was expected to drop out of the 2020 race — said his goodbye to his hopes of being the president in 2020, as he dropped out of the race on Monday, becoming the first major candidate to do so.
While ending his campaign, the Democratic lawmaker also announced he would run for reelection in his California district.
When confronted by a reporter on Monday about the time, before he launched his official 2020 campaign, when he said he “wouldn’t run for both,” Swalwell tried to backpedal with his claim that he “said that I wouldn’t seek both.”
“I’d said that I wouldn’t seek both. Our attorneys had told us that you could run for both. That decision would not have come until December and that if we were still in it in December, I wouldn’t seek both. But, you know, the polls have had their way, so here we are in July.”
See Swalwell’s recent comment below:
Asked directly in February on an “It’s All Political” podcast “… if you decide to run for president, would you give up your seat in Congress?” Swalwell responded, “Yes.”
“Well, I think if you’re seeking a big job that would affect so many people, I think you have to assure the people you’re asking to vote for you that you’re not hedging and you don’t have a lifeboat waiting for you,” he said at the time.
Check out his past comment below:
Failed Democrat presidential candidate Eric Swalwell has ended his campaign and says that he is going to run again for Congress
In February, Swalwell said that if he ran for president that he was going to give up his seat in Congress
Swalwell: "burn the boats as Cortes did" pic.twitter.com/NelQ4P8RPr
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 8, 2019
Swalwell had low-polling numbers throughout his campaign for president, and not much changed after he told 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden to “pass the torch” to a younger generation at the first Democratic debate.
Biden — who dismissed his remark at the time — delivered a farewell tweet to Swalwell after he dropped out, saying the Democrat ran a “passionate campaign” and that he looks “forward to continuing to work with him on the pressing issues facing Americans.”