Swalwell: I won't be 'butchering Spanish' during Democratic debate

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHickenlooper ends presidential bid Scenes from Iowa State Fair: Surging Warren, Harris draw big crowds Nadler hits gas on impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) needled his fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who took the debate stage Wednesday night, saying he didn’t plan on “butchering” Spanish Thursday evening.

Asked by CNN’s Brooke Baldwin if he was “practicing your Spanish tonight,” Swalwell responded, “I’m going to be me, and so that’s not going to include butchering Spanish.” 

“I’m going to be myself,” he added. “I think that will be enough.” 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever MORE (D-N.J.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) both answered questions at Wednesday night’s debate in Spanish, with Booker’s facial expression in response to O’Rourke’s answer prompting a viral moment.

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Swalwell also sounded off on Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall In shift, top CEOs say shareholder value not top goal MORE’s (D-Mass.) affirmation that she is in favor of eliminating private health insurance, saying he believed such a move was “not disqualifying, but it’s not what the American people are asking for.”

“It just flies in the face, I think, of the choices that people want to have,” he added.

And the congressman hit former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Hill Reporter Rafael Bernal: Biden tries to salvage Latino Support Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE, so far the 2020 front-runner, saying Biden had too much experience in government to offer a "vision for the future." 

"I don't think we can nominate a candidate who has been in government for longer than 20 years. I just don't think that's going to work. I think we need someone who is going to offer a vision for the future," Swalwell said.

Swalwell will share the stage in Miami Thursday night with Biden; Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetBiden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? MORE (D-Colo.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Top aide Jeff Weaver lays out Sanders's path to victory MORE (I-Vt.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever White House offers reassurances amid recession fears as 2020 candidates sound alarm MORE (D-N.Y) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters MORE (D-Calif.); South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters MORE; former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down MORE; entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report Tim Ryan jokes he's having 'dance-off' with Andrew Yang MORE; and best-selling author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonBiden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment MORE.

Williamson has also referenced the Spanish responses, tweeting Wednesday night that she “need[ed] to learn Spanish by tomorrow night at 9.”

Updated 7:06 p.m.