Swalwell says he will make 2020 decision 'by the end of the month'

Swalwell says he will make 2020 decision 'by the end of the month'
© Greg Nash

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDemocrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week The Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment Democrats debate scope of impeachment charges MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that he will make a decision on a 2020 presidential run by the end of March and that he will make gun violence and climate change key campaign issues if he does decide to run.

Asked during a question-and-answer session at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics when he plans to announce a decision on a White House bid, Swalwell said “by the end of the month.”

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“There are three questions I’ve asked myself,” he said. “Do I think I can make a difference? Do I think I can win? Because I don’t think — even if you can make a difference, if you can’t win, it’s a hell of a sacrifice to take your family and friends and home constituents through.”

“And then three, can we get the child care for two kids under two to do it?”

While Swalwell has said for weeks that he is close to making a 2020 decision, his remarks on Tuesday provided the clearest timeline yet of when an announcement could come.

Swalwell has gained a national profile in recent years while sitting on two key House panels examining Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election.

The four-term congressman has entertained the notion of a 2020 bid for months, crisscrossing key early voting states, like Iowa and New Hampshire, that will play a crucial role in determining the eventual Democratic presidential nominee.

If he does jump into the race, he’ll face an already-crowded field of primary opponents that includes Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenArtist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBloomberg apologizes after critics say his calling Booker 'well spoken' was racist Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair MORE (D-N.J.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisYang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events MORE (D-Calif.) along with roughly a dozen other Democrats.

Also looming over the Democratic primary is the pending entrance of other high-profile politicians. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE, who leads a number of polls, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) are both expected to announce 2020 decisions soon.

Swalwell said that, if he does mount a White House campaign, he’s not likely to run for reelection to his House seat in 2020.

“I don’t think you can run for both,” he said. “I do believe that if you’re running for president then you should be running for president.”