Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Candidate

Eric Swalwell

We can't be a forward-looking party if we look to the past for our leadership. I'm a congressman, but also a father of a two-year-old and an infant. When I'm not changing diapers, I'm changing Washington. Most of the time, the diapers smell better. I went to Congress at 31 and I found a Washington that doesn't work for people like you and me, it's made of the rich and the disconnected. I was the first in my family to go to college and have student loan debt, and so I have led the effort to elect the next generation of members of Congress. And we a moment to seize. This is a can-do generation. This is the generation that will end climate chaos. This is the generation that will solve student loan debt. And this is the generation that will say enough is enough and will end gun violence. This generation demands bold solutions. That's why I'm running for president.

Source: MSNBC Democratic Primary Debate #2 (June 27, 2019)

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Economic Stimulus

Let's invest in a green collar economy...with new jobs in wind, solar and fusion. And know that if we get that right, addressing climate change will no longer start an argument, it will start a workday.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Crime

No more turning a blind eye to American lives stolen by gun violence. We must enact truly universal background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases, do more to take guns away from domestic abusers, push states to adopt gun violence restraining order laws, and remove weapons of war from our communities once and for all. I’m the only candidate calling for a mandatory national ban and buyback of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons.

Source: Campaign Website

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Health Care

Too many Americans still find themselves having to choose between paying rent or paying medical bills, between buying food or buying prescriptions – and nobody should have to rely on a GoFundMe or a collection jar because they’ve fallen ill. Americans need a healthcare guarantee: If you’re sick, you’ll be seen by a doctor, and if you’re seen, you’ll never go broke because of it. We also must make a huge public investment in finding cures in our lifetime for the diseases that ail us, from Alzheimer’s to ALS to cancer.

Source: Campaign Website

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Education

Every American child deserves a world-class education in a modern schoolhouse, regardless of wealth or ZIP Code. And we must re-associate college with opportunity instead of crushing debt that leaves many unable to launch businesses, buy homes, or start families. We need no-interest federal student loans, tax-free employer contributions, and debt-free college for public university students who do work-study and commit to bettering their communities after graduation.

Source: Campaign Website

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Environment

I don't like calling it climate change, change can be good. Let's call it climate chaos - because there is nothing good about the flooding in the midwest, or the fires every season in California, or more and more hurricanes in the southeast.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Civil Rights

Who you are or who you love should never keep you from pursuing the American dream. It’s that simple. We must ensure that all LGBTQ+ Americans can receive a high quality education, work toward their dream job, access affordable healthcare, start a family, and serve in the military without discrimination.

Source: Campaign Website

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Foreign Policy

Families belong together.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Politics

I’ll fight for a constitutional amendment to undo the Citizens United ruling, but meanwhile, we must require secret-money groups to disclose their donors; upgrade transparency rules for online political ads; and start moving toward public financing of campaigns by creating a small donor-focused matching system. And to end the dirty maps created by partisan gerrymandering, all states must adopt independent redistricting commissions so politicians can’t draw lines to protect themselves or each other.

Source: Campaign Website

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