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

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests Democrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week 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 BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' Booker campaign unveils bilingual training program for Nevada caucus 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 WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left 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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play 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 BennetTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Schumer to colleagues running for White House: Impeachment comes first Sanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate MORE (D-Colo.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (I-Vt.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAdvocacy groups decry Trump's 'anti-family policies' ahead of White House summit This bipartisan plan is the most progressive approach to paid parental leave Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' MORE (D-N.Y) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' Pelosi endorses Christy Smith in bid to replace Katie Hill MORE (D-Calif.); South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 Krystal Ball warns about lagging youth support for Buttigieg MORE; former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Impeachment enters new crucial phase Bullock drops White House bid, won't run for Senate 2020 hopes rise for gun control groups after Virginia elections MORE; entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Krystal Ball warns about lagging youth support for Buttigieg Saagar Enjeti calls Yang's rise a 'return to the fundamentals of democracy' MORE; and best-selling author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Democrats square off at final impeachment hearing Marianne Williamson roasted for claim Trump pardoned Charles Manson Democrats take in lobbying industry cash despite pledges 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.