Swalwell announces he is running for president

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellNASCAR bans display of Confederate flag from events and properties Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Grenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts MORE (D-Calif.) has officially jumped into the 2020 presidential race.

The California Democrat will announce his candidacy on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday night.

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The show tweeted out a video clip of Swalwell making the announcement after speaking on what he considers to be some of the problems in the current administration.

“I see a country in quicksand, unable to solve problems and threats from abroad, unable to make life better for people here at home,” Swalwell told Colbert.

“I’m ready to solve these problems. I’m running for president of the United States.” Swalwell added. “Boy, did it feel good to say that.” 

Swalwell’s entry into an already crowded pool of Democrats vying to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE has been anticipated for months. It was reported last week that he plans to center his campaign around gun control.

He mentioned gun violence in his appearance on “The Late Show,” saying he has spoken to concerned students who “see Washington doing nothing about it after the moments of silence.”

Swalwell followed the on-air announcement with a video proclaiming, “Let’s go big, be bold, and do good!”

Swalwell, who previously announced that he would not seek reelection to the House, leaves behind a California district that is likely to stay in Democratic hands. In the 2016 election, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE won California’s 15th district by 25 points.

He was one of the first reported candidates for the 2020 race, following a November report in Politico that he would run.

The official announcement comes months after the birth of Swalwell’s second child.

Updated 7:55 p.m.

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