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Democratic Reps Eric Swalwell and Tim Ryan Join 2020 Race

HeadlineApr 09, 2019

Two congressmembers have joined the crowded Democratic field for the 2020 presidential nomination. Tim Ryan of Ohio kicked off his campaign Saturday at a rally in Youngstown, where he touted his appeal to working-class voters from purple states.

Rep. Tim Ryan: “The flyover states are my states. The flyover states are your states. And the flyover states are going to start governing in the United States of America again.”

Ryan has backed key progressive issues, including Medicare for all and renewable energy initiatives. He previously worked against reproductive rights but in 2015 reversed his position on abortions, saying the choice should be up to women, not politicians. He also disavowed his prior relationship with the NRA, who for years gave him “A” ratings. After the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, he pledged to donate contributions from the group to gun control efforts.

On Monday, Eric Swalwell of California announced his candidacy on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Rep. Eric Swalwell: “I talk to teachers and truckers and, you know, nurses. And they feel like they’re just running in place and it’s not adding up to anything. I talk to people who are just like me, who are the first in their family to go to college, who’ve got a lot of student debt, can’t buy a home, can’t start a business. I talk to kids who sit in their classroom afraid that they’ll be the next victim of gun violence.”

Swalwell sits on the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. He has been vocal on gun control, supports Medicare for all and the Green New Deal. His messaging has focused on issues affecting young people, such as student debt. 18 Democrats have now entered the 2020 presidential race.

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