California Rep. Eric Swalwell is officially running for president, becoming the third House Democrat to enter the crowded 2020 field.
Swalwell is making his announcement on CBS’s The Late Show, which tweeted a clip of him telling host Stephen Colbert, “I am running for president of the United States.”
“It’s official. Boy did it feel good to say that,” he added.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) April 8, 2019
While House members typically have a tougher go building the national profile needed to mount a successful presidential run, Swalwell does have a head start as a regular guest on cable news.
Swalwell is an ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She appointed him to co-chair the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in 2016. The position, one of the only remaining appointed leadership roles, gives Swalwell a coveted spot at Democrats’ decision-making table.
It was not immediately clear if Swalwell planned to resign from leadership in light of his presidential bid.
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