Outspoken gun control advocate Eric Swalwell to drop out of 2020 race

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As Swalwell quit the race, another Californian, Tom Steyer, who had earlier said he would not mount a 2020 presidential run, was preparing to announce that he has changed his mind.

Steyer, a billionaire environmental activist, had previously stated he would not run for president in 2020 but reportedly told staffers last week he would formally launch a presidential campaign on Tuesday.

Swalwell, who despite being a prominent face in Washington remains virtually unknown on the national stage, has languished in the polls since launching his campaign in April. Swalwell's scheduled public remarks came just days after he abruptly cancelled Fourth of July campaign events in New Hampshire. Officials with his campaign declined to discuss the matter before the news conference.

The staff of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went on the offensive Monday ahead of California Representative Eric Swalwell, a 2020 contender who lobbed criticism at the Kentucky Republican as recently as Saturday, withdrawing from the presidential race. "I believe, because we ran a credible campaign, one that is ending today, but a credible campaign, I'll be able to advocate in an even more effective way for my constituents".

Throughout the course of his short-lived campaign, the congressman also attempted to position himself as a young alternative to ex-Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris confronting the former vice president for opposing forced school busing for racial integration in the 1970s.

Swalwell said Biden, 76, "was right when he said it was time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans 32 years ago; he is still right today".

"I'm still holding on to that torch", Biden replied.

Swalwell has raised his profile in recent years by becoming a staple on cable television news, especially to talk about investigations of the Trump administration.

"So we've achieved that, '" he said in reference to gun control measures.

He also liked to call attention to his roots in rural Iowa, which casts the first ballots of Democrats' presidential nominating process. A New York Times analysis found that Swalwell would likely be the candidate to not qualify for the remaining debate spot because he polled at one percent fewer times than the other three men.

In 2010, he was elected to the Dublin City Council.

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