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

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate 5 takeaways from fiery Democratic debate 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 TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat 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 HagelWhite House aide moves to lobbying firm Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces Five takeaways from Pentagon chief's first major trip MORE, both Republicans, served under President Obama.

Joe Concha contributed to this report.