Democrat Eric Swalwell announces presidential bid

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Washington, April 9 (IANS) California Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell has announced that he is running for President in 2020, saying that he believes that the US was in a “quicksand” where Americans feel they were “running in place and it is not adding up to anything”.

“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 ways that we govern. I am ready to solve these problems. I am running for President of the United States,” he said on Monday night in the “Late Show” hosted by Stephen Colbert.

Swalwell, 38, has been contemplating a run for months, CNN reported.

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The California Democrat has made several trips to early nominating states like Iowa and New Hampshire, telling the media that he sees a space for a candidate like himself in the race and hinted earlier this month that he was “close to making a decision”.

Swalwell also filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission earlier on Monday.

He enters the race in a crowded field of 17 other Democrats, including Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris, Hindu Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

The field is also slated to get larger in the coming weeks: former Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement is looming this month, along with possible entrances by Representative Seth Moulton, former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams.

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Swalwell will follow up his announcement with a frenetic week of campaigning.

The first event will be a Tuesday town hall focused on gun control in Sunrise, Florida. He has made combating gun violence a focus for months.

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