Swalwell to mount presidential run: report

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellTrump reignites criticism of McCain months after senator's death Swalwell jokes about 'bad decisions' after bleached-hair yearbook photo resurfaces Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media 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 TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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 KingHateful words demand stronger response from Congress, President Trump Ex-Bush ethics chief calls for Steve King expulsion after he posted meme of potential civil war Steve King deletes Facebook post asking who would win new US civil war 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 HarrisGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 CNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina O'Rourke sees 'a lot of wisdom' in abolishing Electoral College 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 BidenTrump: 'I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be' Poll: Biden rises to 8-point lead over Sanders among Democratic primary voters Andrew Yang draws crowd of 3,000 in San Francisco 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.