Eric Swalwell ends presidential bid after failing to gain traction

Updated 12:17 AM EDT, Tue July 9, 2019
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California Rep. Eric Swalwell announced Monday he is dropping out of the 2020 race for president, concluding a short-lived bid for the Democratic nomination that failed to gain any traction.

“Today ends our presidential campaign, but it is the beginning of an opportunity in Congress, with a new perspective shaped by the lives that have touched mine and our campaign throughout these last three months, to bring that promise of America to all Americans,” Swalwell said, speaking at his campaign headquarters in California.

“To believe that it will be the next generation whose leadership will solve climate chaos, bring cures in our lifetime for health care, address the student loan debt crisis and make sure that we say enough is enough, we don’t have to live this way anymore and that we love our children more than we love our guns,” he said.

He continued: “I’m fired up to do that work that I’ve already been doing in the Congress.”