Rep. Eric Swalwell holds hometown rally in Dublin to launch presidential run

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Representative Eric Swalwell met with voters Sunday at Dublin High School to launch his 2020 presidential bid right in his hometown. 

He is the latest Democrat to announce that he is running for president.

The 38-year-old four-term congressman says he grew up with Republican parents and wants to work towards a more bipartisan government. 

Under his campaign slogan, “go big, be bold and do good,” Swalwell laid out his plans for a safer America. 

“When I’m president no American will ever again be able to own the kinds of assault weapons that only belong on battlefields…” he said. “I am the only candidate proposing we ban and buy back every single assault weapon in America.”

The idea drew cheers from the crowd gathered at the high school where Swalwell graduated from 20 years ago. 

He promised his campaign would be fighting for the middle class. 

“I am not wealthy and I don’t pick my friends by how much money they can put in my pockets,” he said. “I’m not beholden to special interests we will accept no corporate money and we will not be driven by the polls.”

Many people who attended the rally said they are ready to see someone like Swalwell in the White House. 

One woman said, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and Eric is a special candidate.”

Swalwell said being bold on issues that matter is what will get him to the White House. 

“No matter who attacks me or threatens me for proposing, I’m not going to back down, because I’ve got you! And you’ve got my back,” he said.

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