Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGreene heckles Democrats and they fire back on Capitol steps Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (D-Calif.) has officially jumped into the 2020 presidential race.
The California Democrat will announce his candidacy on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Monday night.
The show tweeted out a video clip of Swalwell making the announcement after speaking on what he considers to be some of the problems in the current administration.
“I see a country in quicksand, unable to solve problems and threats from abroad, unable to make life better for people here at home,” Swalwell told Colbert.
“I’m ready to solve these problems. I’m running for president of the United States.” Swalwell added. “Boy, did it feel good to say that.”
Swalwell’s entry into an already crowded pool of Democrats vying to take on President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE has been anticipated for months. It was reported last week that he plans to center his campaign around gun control.
He mentioned gun violence in his appearance on "The Late Show," saying he has spoken to concerned students who "see Washington doing nothing about it after the moments of silence."
Swalwell followed the on-air announcement with a video proclaiming, “Let’s go big, be bold, and do good!”
Are you ready America? Let's go big, be bold, and do good! pic.twitter.com/gk9SPDT4FN— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) April 8, 2019
Swalwell, who previously announced that he would not seek reelection to the House, leaves behind a California district that is likely to stay in Democratic hands. In the 2016 election, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE won California's 15th district by 25 points.
He was one of the first reported candidates for the 2020 race, following a November report in Politico that he would run.
The official announcement comes months after the birth of Swalwell’s second child.
Updated 7:55 p.m.