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Rep. Swalwell gearing up for first presidential debate next week

Tri-Valley congressman among 20 Democrats taking stage over two days

Swalwell announced his candidacy for presidents in April, and made gun control reform, presidential integrity, education and healthcare central pillars of his campaign. (photo by Ryan J. Degan)

Presidential hopeful and Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell has made the cut for the Democrats' first presidential debate and will look to have a breakout moment to distinguish himself in front of a national audience next week.

Swalwell, a 38-year-old Dublin native in his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Pleasanton and the rest of District 15, is joining a crowded lineup of 20 candidates who will share the stage over the two-day debate held in Miami, which is scheduled to air on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo on June 26 and 27, 6-8 p.m. PDT each night.

The East Bay congressman will be taking the stage on the second day of debates (June 27), where he will go up against nine other candidates -- in order to accommodate the large number, 10 different candidates will take the stage each day -- including more prominent candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

"Support is growing for my campaign to go big on the issues we tackle, be bold in the solutions we offer, and do good with the way that we govern," Swalwell said after he qualified for the debate in April. "I'm grateful that I'll have a place on the debate stage to discuss ending gun violence, providing affordable healthcare for all while finding cures in our lifetime, ensuring all communities have top-notch schools, and making sure student loan debt isn't a lifetime burden."

Major candidates taking the stage on June 26 include Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas).

Since announcing his candidacy in April, Swalwell has made presidential integrity, government transparency, education and healthcare central pillars of his campaign, but ending gun violence and enforcing gun reforms has been his top priority.

To support his gun reform platform, on Monday afternoon Swalwell announced his comprehensive framework for "ending gun violence," doing so during a press conference near the national headquarters of the National Rifle Association in Fairfax, Va.

During the announcement, Swalwell laid out his plan which includes banning civilian possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, buying back weapons that are already in circulation, expanding mental health services to reduce suicides from firearms, increasing protection for people suffering from domestic abuse, and implementing background checks for all firearm and ammunition purchases, to name a few provisions of his plan.

"We're done letting the bullying, tweeting minority that leads the NRA dictate whether Americans live or die," Swalwell said in a statement. "I'm taking the battle to the NRA's doorstep with a new, broader package of commonsense reforms to end gun violence. We're done relying on thoughts and prayers -- it's time to act."

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16 people like this
Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 19, 2019 at 9:27 am

MichaelB is a registered user.

"I'm taking the battle to the NRA's doorstep with a new, broader package of commonsense reforms to end gun violence.We're done relying on thoughts and prayers -- it's time to act."


It is not a "commonsense reform" to blame a certain kind of firearm (rarely used in crime) for supposedly "causing" mass shootings/violence, demanding confiscation of legally owned property from those who have nothing to do with the problem, and then somehow expecting "gun violence" (a political term) to go away afterward.

Time to "act" and "take the battle" to so called progressives who ignore the 2nd Amendment, lack common sense regarding why violence occurs in our society, and who treat people who abuse firearms like bystanders/victims.


20 people like this
Posted by Hotslide
a resident of Oak Tree Acres
on Jun 19, 2019 at 6:29 pm

I don't think there is going to be a "debate", more like a contest to see who can give the most free items to non-achievers. So 24 socialists will play...Top This. All will promise to raise our taxes, exciting.


4 people like this
Posted by Doug
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 19, 2019 at 6:57 pm

@Hotslide : “I don't think there is going to be a "debate", more like a contest to see who can give the most free items to non-achievers.“

How do you feel about the fact that Donald Trump is taxing Americans an additional $30 Billion to give as a gift to farmers caught in his trade war? That’s right, a free $30 Billion to farmers who don’t have to lift a finger to get the money, courtesy of the US taxpayers.


19 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 19, 2019 at 7:12 pm

Farmers are not non-achievers.

They grow food for the world wide human race.

Without the tax for farmers, you will have less on your plate.


24 people like this
Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Jun 19, 2019 at 7:35 pm

James Michael is a registered user.

Well, Doug, how do you feel about being taxed to provide free care as a gift to illegal immigrants? That's right, free care to illegals who don't have to lift a finger to get it, courtesy of the taxpayer. Free care to people who don't belong here while veterans live in cardboard boxes next to the BART tracks. These are the real non-achievers.


21 people like this
Posted by John Fratangelo
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 19, 2019 at 8:06 pm

Swalwell is an embarrassment. He continues to promote a fake conspiracy message and he has zero chance of getting elected. It's clear the exposure and money he raises from running will most likely be used to fund his next Congressional term election. Not sure how the guy got elected in the first place. He's an example of all that's wrong in American politics today. Gives me incentive volunteer to go door to door in the next term election to expose his lunacy.


23 people like this
Posted by Steve
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm

Eric does not care about you or me in the Tri-Valley. He does not care about the election, the homeless issue, gun control or the invasion from the South. What Eric cares about is Diane Finstein's seat. Ask him this the next time you have the opportunity. Hopefully he will tell you the true and not another handout or free lunch. Most voters in your district know the truth.


23 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 19, 2019 at 8:40 pm

Guy is as much of a blowhard as the guy he is trying to unseat.

Say what you will about trump, but hes at least tried to deliver on commitments to his voting base. Wtf has swalwell done for the trivalley?


7 people like this
Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 19, 2019 at 11:03 pm

Grumpy is a registered user.

Man, Swalwell Derangement Syndrome in full force.

It's true that Swalwell won't win. But it's not for the reasons you all mention. It's because he's not well known outside this district, and maybe not even outside these comment boards.


3 people like this
Posted by Doug
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 19, 2019 at 11:47 pm

@Michael Austin :”Farmers are not non-achievers.”

Gee, Michael, you’re right! Farmers are not non-achievers. I can see now why you’re so happy to send more of your money to help support them. Hey, I just realized that police officers are not non-achievers, too! Better get out your checkbook and write a big check to them, too. Oh, and those doctors and nurses at your local hospital? BIG not non-achievers! Also, I checked with Al, the butcher at your local supermarket. He asked me to remind you not to forget that he’s not a non-achiever as well. He said not a day goes by without him not non-achieving. Wait, I just realized that I’m not a non-achiever, either! Why don’t you get out your checkbook again and write me a big check, too?

Thanks, Michael. You’re a true friend and generous supporter of not non-achieving people everywhere!


25 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 20, 2019 at 12:05 am

....nobody outside the district knows him because he hasn't done anything


4 people like this
Posted by Doug
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 20, 2019 at 6:21 pm

@NonAchiever

But nothing that a big, fat, not non-achiever check from Michael Austin can’t solve!


16 people like this
Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Jun 20, 2019 at 8:37 pm

James Michael is a registered user.

I don't expect much of a "debate"...its being broadcast MSNBC and streamed on NBC with Rachel Maddow as one of the moderators. I think that just about tells us everything we need to know.


11 people like this
Posted by tim
a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 21, 2019 at 8:47 am

swalwell continues to prove he is pete (fortney) stark re-born


2 people like this
Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2019 at 3:08 pm

Tim

No kidding, it takes real talent to make middle of the road voters like me miss Ol’ Pete but yawzers.

I remember when Swalwell was elected, everyone who voted for him was optimistic and telling me that “hey he came from Dublin so he will champion some common sense among Bay Area congresspeople”. Today most of them have moved to Nevada or Arizona, presumably working to elect their new Mini-Eric’s


17 people like this
Posted by buklau
a resident of Avila
on Jun 21, 2019 at 3:54 pm

Trump 2020!


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Posted by Frankie
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 23, 2019 at 5:01 pm

I like Eric but think he is way too premature to run for POTUS. I’m disappointed he has not concentrated on district issues like getting federal funding for transportation improvements, and building coalitions with other reps to address housing.


4 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 23, 2019 at 5:18 pm

DKHSK is a registered user.

"Support is growing for my campaign to go big on the issues we tackle, be bold in the solutions we offer..."

In other words, "my rather dwindling support is asking me to go 'big' on the issues."

There is no substitute for good marketing, however he really does target his to stridently political dunces.

What a complete embarrassment to our area.


10 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 23, 2019 at 5:22 pm

DKHSK is a registered user.

Trump fills an arena with 40k with another 20k outside and this dude couldn't get Fox to give him a townhall.

That is all you need to know about enthusiasm in this election.

Trump 2020


7 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 23, 2019 at 5:25 pm

DKHSK is a registered user.

"It's true that Swalwell won't win. But it's not for the reasons you all mention. It's because he's not well known outside this district, and maybe not even outside these comment boards."

You need to get out of this district more. He is unpopular precisely because the is well known outside of this district.

He is on Fox news all the time and has more access to a National audience then quite a few other candidates.


8 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 23, 2019 at 5:27 pm

DKHSK is a registered user.

Let's see $30b to farmers (you say) or $116b to illegal aliens EACH YEAR.

I'll take $30b to farmers any day of the week, Doug.

You are breathlessly B.L.I.N.D.


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