Swalwell says he will convene a bipartisan 'blended cabinet' if elected president

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellSwalwell calls for creation of presidential crimes commission to investigate Trump when he leaves office 'This already exists': Democrats seize on potential Trump executive order on preexisting conditions Swalwell: Barr has taken Michael Cohen's job as Trump's fixer MORE (D-Calif.), who announced his presidential bid earlier this week, said he would convene a “blended” Cabinet if he takes the White House, touting his bipartisan family connections.

“I will put together a blended cabinet of Republicans and Democrats. Republicans plural,” Swalwell said Wednesday at the North America's Building Trades Unions annual conference

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“I’m the son of two Republicans. I married a Hoosier from southern Indiana who grew up with the Pences. I go on Fox News, mostly so my parents and in-laws can see me on TV. And I get to talk to the president directly.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE is known to be an avid viewer of Fox News, often tweeting about news covered in the cable network.

The average age for Fox News viewers is 65, according to Nielsen 2017 data. MSNBC’s median age for viewers is also 65, according to the media data and measurement company, while CNN’s average age is 60.

Swalwell is running in a packed Democratic primary crowd that is already fielding well over a dozen candidates.

The California Democrat is running against a swath of well-funded contenders with heftier name recognition. 

Previous presidents have sought to diversify their Cabinets with appointments from an opposing party, like former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta (D) under former President George W. Bush.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretaries Robert Gates and Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelWhile our foes deploy hypersonic weapons, Washington debates about funding Hillicon Valley: Democrats request counterintelligence briefing | New pressure for election funding | Republicans urge retaliation against Chinese hackers National security leaders, advocacy groups urge Congress to send election funds to states MORE, both Republicans, served under President Obama.

Joe Concha contributed to this report.