On Monday’s Late Show Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) announced that he is running for president in 2020. The show tweeted a preview clip of Monday’s episode, allowing the 38-year-old to outline his campaign focus.
“I see a country in quicksand — unable to solve problems and threats from abroad, unable to make life better for people here at home,” said the four-term congressman, a member of both the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees. “Nothing gets done. I talk to teachers and truckers and nurses, and they feel like they’re just running in place. And it’s not adding up to anything. I talk to people who are just like me — who are the first in their family to go to college, who’ve got a lot of student debt, can’t buy a home, can’t start a business.”
“I talk to kids who sit in their classroom afraid that they’ll be the next victim of gun violence,” he continued. “And they see Washington doing nothing about it after the moments of silence, and they see lawmakers who love their guns more than they love their kids. And none of that is gonna change until we get a leader who is willing to go big on the issues we take on, be bold in the solutions we offer and do good in the way that we govern. I’m ready to solve theses problems. I’m running for president of the United States.”
Swalwell made headlines not long ago when he revealed in a telling tweet that he believes simple prosecution of those unwilling to turn over their guns doesn’t really go far enough.
This marked the first time anyone had ever heard of American elected official suggesting the United States nuclear arsenal be used against American citizens on American soil.
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