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NorCal Congressman Eric Swalwell: The Other California Democrat Running For President


California Congressman Eric Swalwell qualified this week for the Democratic presidential primary debates.

Cap Radio’s PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols has this profile of the under-the-radar candidate for president.

The 38-year-old Swalwell isn’t the biggest name in the 2020 race. He’s not even the best known Californian running. That title belongs to Senator Kamala Harris.

But this millennial father of two young children has taken one of the strongest stances on gun control among the 20 Democrats in the field.

01Swalwell: “I talk to kids who sit in their classroom afraid that they’ll be the next victim of gun violence 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 guns our kids. And none of that is going to 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. (:20)

That was Swalwell on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he announced his run for the White House earlier this month.

He’s called for a national ban of military-style assault weapons. And he’s said more must be done to take guns away from domestic abusers.

Swalwell supports Medicare for All … is open about the nearly one hundred thousand dollars he owes in student loans, and has plans to ease the debt burden for others.

02Swalwell: On student loan debt, for the 40 million of us who have it, I would bring the interest rate to zero and allow employers to contribute tax free to their employees student loan debt (:09)

He’s been asked about his strong criticism of President Trump, who he’s described as ‘an agent of Russia,’ … but has not backed down on that even after no criminal conspiracy charges were filed in the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation. 

We’ll fact-check Swalwell’s statements during his 2020 run, as we have and will continue to do so for Senator Harris.

In Sacramento, I’m Chris Nichols.

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