Swalwell to mount presidential run: report

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDemocratic dark horses could ride high in 2020 Swalwell: Trump will be impeached by Congress or by ballot box The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump invites leaders to White House | Trump hits back at Romney op-ed | Fights we're watching in the new year MORE (D-Calif.) is mounting a run for the White House, according to a Politico report, making him one of the first Democrats to challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpPentagon update to missile defense doctrine will explore space-base technologies, lasers to counter threats Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles MORE in 2020. 

An aide to Swalwell declined to confirm the Politico report, but noted that the three-term congressman has raised the prospect of a presidential bid in interviews and television appearances for months.

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The aide said that with the midterm elections out of the way and the recent birth of his second child, Swalwell planned to "hunker down over the next month and consider what to do."

The California Democrat could announce his decision sometime in the first part of 2019, the aide told The Hill. 

Swalwell himself would not confirm the report.

"I've asked my mom to stop talking to Politico. Just kidding. No news to report. Yet," Swalwell told The Hill.

“Absolutely I’m looking at it, and I’m going to talk with my family over the holiday,” he told Fox News later in the day.

But in recent weeks, Swalwell's allies have talked up his efforts to raise money for Democrats in Iowa, as well as the fact that he's traveled to the state a dozen times since the start of 2017. 

Swalwell and his aides also boosted Democrats Cindy Axne, Abby Finkenauer and J.D. Scholten in their bids for Iowa House seats this year. Both Axne and Finkenauer won their races, while Scholten fell to Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingDem leaders avert censure vote against Steve King McCarthy rejects idea of censuring Steve King Impeachment for bigotry in policy must not be ignored MORE (R). 

He'll make his latest trip to Iowa this weekend when he's set to meet with the Asian and Latino Coalition in Des Moines, as well as the Iowa Democratic Party chairs in Dubuque.

Swalwell also endorsed candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire throughout 2018. Both states are among the first to vote in presidential primaries and caucuses, making them key targets for presidential contenders.

But Swalwell's not the only Democrat crisscrossing key primary states ahead of 2020: Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s attorney general pick passes first test Sanders to meet with staffers as he does damage control Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration MORE (D-Calif.), a rising star in Democratic politics, has made visits to states like Iowa, South Carolina and Florida, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenHow Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others Julián Castro calls for ‘tuition-free’ public colleges, apprenticeships Sanders to meet with staffers as he does damage control MORE, another rumored presidential candidate, has stumped for candidates in key presidential states.

Neither have said yet whether they will mount White House runs.

Updated at 6:23 p.m.