President Donald Trump will receive one of his first challenges for the presidential election of 2020 as Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) prepares to mount his run for the White House.
“He’s definitely running,” said a source very close with Swalwell, according to Politico.
Swalwell is scheduled to travel to Iowa over the weekend. He plans to meet the Asian & Latino Coalition in Des Moines, then spend time in Dubuque with the Iowa Democratic Party chairs.
— The Hill (@thehill) November 8, 2018
Swalwell is 37-years-old and has been reportedly setting himself up to run for president for a while. He’s made multiple trips to various early primary voting states.
He has also endorsed at least three of the younger congressional candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire through a Future Forum PAC. Swalwell has reportedly requested list of people who could be possible staffers during his early state contests.
Swalwell’s press secretary, Caitlyn McNamee, also went to Iowa this fall to help out with Cindy Axne’s successful congressional bid.
The three-term congressman grew up in Iowa and was heavily involved in Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s unsuccessful presidential run in 2016. O’Malley has said he is keeping an “open mind” about running for president himself in 2020.”
If Swalwell runs, then he has a very tough uphill battle against members of his own party. It’s believed, but not official, that other Democrats such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris might run for president.
There’s always the idea of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton making another attempt, but nothing should be considered official until they specifically announce it or make it be known like Swalwell has.
Politico’s report stated that Swalwell’s early visits to several states have gone well with activists thus far.
“People were extremely impressed by him and New Hampshire people are hard to impress,” said Gene Martin, chairman of the Manchester Democratic Party, who which hosted Swalwell last week at a “Countdown to Victory Dinner” event. “People walked away from that dinner with just a ‘wow affect’ and he worked the room like someone who was running for president.”
If Swalwell manages to secure the nomination to battle against President Trump in the election, the battle will be fierce.
Swalwell will have to overcome a massive campaign built by four years of President Trump.
The California Democrat was recently on CNN and critical of potential Russian election meddling.