Congressman Eric Swalwell has given up his bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination, but promised to continue his efforts on the major issues on which he ran for President.
Swalwell made the announcement July 8 at his presidential campaign headquarters in Dublin, making him the first to drop out of the race.
“I ran for President to win and make a difference in our great country — a difference on issues of the future, such as finding cures for our deadliest and most debilitating diseases, taking on the student loan debt crisis, and ending gun violence. I promised my family, constituents, and supporters that I would always be honest about our chances,” said Swalwell.
When Swalwell entered the race, he said he saw a path to the White House. He no longer sees that path.
Swalwell looked at the polls July 1, and they showed less than 1% support for him. On Monday, he cancelled appearances in New Hampshire, which will conduct the second presidential primary.
Swalwell said that he will run again for Congress, focusing especially on the issues of student loan debt, finding cures for deadly diseases, and ending gun violence.
One candidate has announced plans to challenge Swalwell’s reelection to Congress. Aisha Wahab, a Hayward City Councilmember, is one of the first elected officeholders who is Afghan-American. She has posted a website for her campaign.
Swalwell said that at the presidential debates, “Three top-tier candidates embraced my idea to ban and buy back every single assault weapon in America. Putting this idea and this larger issue of gun violence front and center in the Democratic policy discussion is an accomplishment, dedicated to the students, moms, and other activists who tirelessly demand action to save American lives.”
Swalwell’s most famous media-coverage moment came when he asked former Vice-president Joe Biden, 76, the poll-leader and major fund-raiser, to make good on a statement he made in an earlier era that it was time to “pass the torch” to the next generation. Now is that time to pass the torch, said Swalwell, 38, who is a Millennial.
“I’m keeping the torch,” replied Biden.