Swalwell: I 'do see a path’ to 2020 Democratic nomination

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDemocratic dark horses could ride high in 2020 Swalwell: Trump will be impeached by Congress or by ballot box The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump invites leaders to White House | Trump hits back at Romney op-ed | Fights we're watching in the new year MORE (D-Calif.), who is openly considering a 2020 presidential bid, said he does see a path for someone from a younger generation to win the Democratic Party’s nomination, despite a primary field that is projected to be packed with established, high-profile candidates.

“I actually do see a path, I am considering it,” Swalwell, who is 38, said Wednesday in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” adding that he will soon be holding a gun violence town hall in Des Moines, Iowa, with Cameron Kasky, a survivor from the February shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school.

He noted that he will visit New Hampshire after Iowa. Those two states host the first two contests in the 2020 primaries.

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“Iowa’s first in the nation. I’ll be in New Hampshire this Friday and those states play an important role and I want to continue to listen and learn from those folks and make a decision just after the holidays,” Swalwell said.

He pointed to the influx of younger members of Congress as a sign that he thinks younger candidates could compete for the Democratic nomination.

“I do believe that the country, by sending about 27 new members of Congress who are in their 40s and under, that they embraced in this last midterm election new leadership, new ideas and much importantly, a new confidence.”

It was first reported in November that the California Democrat could throw his hat into the ring, but Swalwell declined to confirm the report, though he and his aides raised eyebrows over their efforts to boost candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire during the midterms.

Should Swalwell run, he would likely face off against a long list of high-profile Democrats, possibly including former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration 5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Dem chairman Cummings meets with Trump health chief to discuss drug prices MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration 5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony Kamala Harris releases 'mixtape' on 'The Late Show' amid 2020 speculation MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Native American group denounces Trump for using Wounded Knee in attack against Warren MORE (D-Mass.), as well as Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).