Biden commends Swalwell after the lawmaker exits 2020 race

Biden commends Swalwell after the lawmaker exits 2020 race
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE praised 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.) on Monday after the lawmaker announced he was dropping out of the 2020 Democratic primary to pursue reelection to the House.

Biden also commended Swalwell for bringing attention to the issue of gun control during his 2020 presidential run.

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The warm words from Biden came after the two sparred during the first Democratic debate, with Swalwell urging Biden to “pass the torch” to younger generations.

.@EricSwalwell ran a passionate campaign, and I commend him for bringing more attention to the urgent need for gun safety reform in America,” Biden tweeted Monday.

Swalwell, the first major Democrat to drop out of the 2020 primary, wrote in a post on his campaign website that he decided to drop out because his polling and fundraising numbers were not “what we had hoped for” and he no longer saw “a path forward to the nomination.”

Swalwell focused his presidential campaign on addressing gun violence, kicking off his campaign in April just miles away from Parkland, Fla. 

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Biden also praised Swalwell’s push for improved election security as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, where the lawmaker called for an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE after Trump said he would “listen” if a foreign government offered him political dirt on a political opponent.

“His leadership on the House Intelligence Committee and his influential voice pushing the Trump Administration to secure our elections have helped make clear the stakes for our country in next year's election,” Biden tweeted.

“The Democratic Party is lucky to have leaders like Eric, and I look forward to continuing to work with him on the pressing issues facing Americans,” the former vice president added.  

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Fox's Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be 'World War III of political battles' Rush Limbaugh encourages Senate to skip hearings for Trump's SCOTUS nominee MORE (D-Calif.), another 2020 hopeful, joined Biden in applauding Swalwell on Monday. Harris tweeted that Swalwell is a “great fighter for the people of California.”