Eric Swalwell and his campaign for 2020 2020 | theSkimm
Eric Swalwell

Editor's note: Swalwell dropped out of the race on July 8, 2019.

The Who

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA). The one who’s laser focused on gun control. Fun fact: he’s one of two candidates who will accept cryptocurrency donations.


The Resume

Former prosecutor, California House rep since 2012.


The 2020 Policies

He wants a ban on assault weapons and background checks on all gun purchases. To get assault weapons off the streets, he’d start a buyback program where the gov would pay owners $1,000 per gun. This could cost $15 billion and it’s unclear how he’d pay for it.


He’s also focused on relieving student debt, something he says he’s still working to pay off. He wants to bring interest rates down to zero for people paying back federal loans. And allow employers to contribute tax-free to paying off employees’ loans. For future students, he wants to help make college debt-free by allowing them to pay off their debt through community service.


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