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

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits CNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems 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 BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget The Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Trump: Foreign countries want Biden in office so they can continue 'ripping off' the US MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan MORE (D-Mass.), as well as Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).