Blackjack! It’s nice if you’re a gambler. Not so easy when it comes to keeping track of the Democrats running for president.
Yes, there are now 21 after Colorado Senator Michael Bennet joined the race on Thursday.
But today, our focus is Eric Swalwell.
He was actually born in northern Iowa and moved to California as a child.
Swalwell got his bachelor’s degree and law degree at the University of Maryland.
He worked as a prosecutor in Alameda County, California before getting into politics.
Swalwell’s entry into politics came as a city council member in Dublin, California in late 2010.
A job he held for three years.
He jumped from there to Congress in early 2013.
Swalwell just started his fourth term.
He currently serves on the house judiciary committee and the House Intelligence Committee, where he has seen more information regarding the Russian interference during the last presidential election cycle than the rest of us.
Swalwell is 38 years old.
That makes him the third youngest candidate in the race.
Swalwell takes a strong position on gun control and wants to ban assault weapons.
His positions on health care and higher education are a little more moderate than some of his other liberal counterparts.
Swalwell launched his campaign on April 8.
I had a conversation with him a week ago and brought up that late start.
He’s one of the late candidates to launch a campaign.
It takes a while to set up operations in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Swalwell talked about how he made up that kind of ground to compete for the Democratic nomination.
Joe Biden joined the race later than Swalwell. He and Bernie Sanders are arguably the biggest known commodities in the race.
Swalwell discussed what he can do to keep the two of them from sucking most of the oxygen out of the room in terms of coverage and what he sees as the future of the Democratic Party — progressive, moderate or socialist?
It’s very hard to distinguish major differences among the Democratic candidates.
They tend to be subtle.
I want to clarify his position on healthcare. Swalwell’s on the record saying he supports a Medicare for all system.
But he’s also said he don’t want to eliminate private insurance companies. So does he want both? And what’s the benefit of keeping private insurance companies?
Swalwell addressed whether that risks giving some Americans better access to health care when the argument is everyone should have equal access to the best treatment.
Watch the full conversation in the video above.
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