Will 36-Year-Old Eric Swalwell be the Next President of the United States?

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2020 is a long ways off, but the Democrats are undoubtedly already looking for their next presidential candidate to try and defeat President Trump (that of course is if you believe Trump will still be in office by then). While there has been a lot of talk about Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer and probably a dozen other names, one name seems to fit the bill of exactly what the Democrats need and are looking for, better than anyone else.

That name is Congressman Eric Swalwell. While very little mention has been made of him as a potential candidate, other signs point to the fact that the Democratic party is secretly pushing him to the top of their list.

Swalwell, a U.S. Representative from California’s 15th congressional district, has been a consistent guest on CNN, providing his take on the current Trump investigation and other political matters. At only 36 years of age, Swalwell is already an experienced congressman, who garners the support of many high ranking officials. Being a member of the House Intelligence Committee, he is the one who created the bill that requested a bipartisan commission to investigate Russia’s interference in our elections.

Nancy Pelosi seems to be a big fan of Swalwell. She encouraged him to launch the Future Forum which is a group of young Democrats who make it their goal to engage with millennials. Pelosi also appointed him to the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee — a sign of great respect.

Fact is, the media loves him, and it’s typically the media who helps push a candidate to the top (except in the case of Donald Trump). Swalwell is an excellent public speaker, he is mostly moderate, but most importantly he is young. The trend in world politics seems to be going the route of youth over experience as of late. We’ve seen this in France with Emmanual Macron assuming office at the age of 39, and in Canada with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assuming office in 2015 at the age of 44.

Your Next First Couple? Congressman Eric Swalwell and wife Brittany Watts. (source: New York Times)

You even see it on television shows, where youth seems to be the new “in thing” within politics. For example, in the Netflix original series, House of Cards, Season 5, we saw Francis Underwoods’ opponent Will Conway run against Underwood at the tender age of 36. Even though he lost the election, Conway became a fan favorite, and most people probably felt as though they were rooting for him throughout the season. Sure that’s just a TV show, but opinions are changing, perhaps because of the way in which our current President is seemingly turning back on the progress we have made over the last 8 years in favor of laws and ideologies from decades ago.

Where Swalwell lacks in experience, he makes up for with his progressive ideas and his connections with millennials. 2020 is a long way off, but right now it appears as though the Democratic party is secretly pushing this agenda. If Swalwell were to run and get elected, he would be the youngest President, at age 40, in American History, beating out John F Kennedy (43) and Theodore Roosevelt (42).

What do you think? Would you vote for Swalwell in 2020? Feel free to leave a comment below.

  • I don’t know… Just because he’s young doesn’t mean that’ll transfer to Millennial votes. Although I get that a lot can change between now and 2020, for now Millennials tend to lean more towards the progressive side of the left overall. With as many upset with the state of the Democratic party as there are, pushing a young moderate for the sake of it because he’s young could backfire as it may look like just blatant pandering for young votes. Could come off as a bit of a slap in the face to a pretty informed bloc of people.

    • Rick Altman

      I agree with YessCuban that a young candidate just for the sake of youth might not be wise. In fact, I wish that the congressman were a bit older, again just for the sake of it. But that’s not fair, either; he is who he is, he is as old as he is. IMO, he is worth considering for his moderate and sensible views, his already-broad experience, and his ability to articulate his positions. Worth following…

  • Les Carpenter III

    I would need to know a lot more about him, his ideas, and his principles/character before making that judgement.

  • sarah Donaldson

    If we want young and member of Congress for brief period of time I got my fingers crossed for Kennedy. Me this guy and Kennedy are the same age but I would still vote ideas over youth ☺

  • Professor Mark

    Swallwell is my congressman. I wish he was better on gun control, but he is strong on foreign policy. At a town hall meeting on the Iran nuclear treaty, he was very much in favor of diplomacy over war. His big issue seems to be student debt. He seems the perfect suburban candidate. He annoys me a little because he’s always trying to reach across the aisle, but…If he can bring Trump to justice, I don’t think the other side of the aisle will be reaching back.

    • MikeFeldman

      Professor. What do you mean, “if he can bring Trump to justice”?

      • Professor Mark

        Swalwell is serving on the House Intelligence Committee. They are investigating the collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. I suspect that House Republicans also benefited from the collusion. If that collusion is brought to light, Trump will be held accountable, and hopefully brought to justice.

    • Joe Everett

      Professor, what exactly do you think Trump is guilty of? Please be more specific than collusion which means nothing without specifics.

      • Professor Mark

        Joe, I honestly think that Trump, being Trump, would demand some kind of direct communication with Putin. I suspect that there’s an FBI tape of Trump asking Putin, “Is it a go?” And Putin replying, “We’re on.” I could also envision Trump saying to Flynn, “You tell Putin, when I get elected, the sanctions go bye-bye.” Since you asked, that is the crime of which I suspect Trump is guilty. Collusion and treason followed by obstruction of justice.

        • Joe Everett

          OK, I appreciate the answer, we’ll see. You realize that at that point Trump was a candidate nobody expected would win the election, including Putin. Have you considered that Putin expected Hillary to win (like everybody did) and therefore any hacking he directed would be for the purpose of discrediting her presidency rather than getting Trump elected?

          • Professor Mark

            Joe, in all candor, I have given this a great deal of thought and no one has asked my opinions. I appreciate a forum in which to share my thoughts. I believe two things are hurting Russia very badly. Those are the sanctions and the worldwide oil glut. The only thing that can keep the price of oil up is instability in the Middle East. Since Trump has taken office, that instability has increased dramatically. Mounting tensions against Iran, escalating tensions between Qatar and Saudis, even collapsing peace talks between Israelis, Palestinians and…Jared are all working to keep the situation roiled and gas prices up. Our Secretary of State needs the sanctions lifted so he can complete a $500 billion dollar deal with Putin. I think Putin wanted Trump to win, but, failing that, he wanted to cripple Hillary. If Trump had lost as expected, I think Putin could count on American chaos and disarray at the hands of Trump and the Republicans. Those are my thoughts.
            Joe, you strike me as a reasonable person. If Mike Flynn testifies that Trump told him to negotiate with Putin to manipulate the election and if Trump vehemently denies it, would you find Trump guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt, of collusion? I am sincerely curious.

          • Joe Everett

            I would be VERY surprised if Trump looked to Putin for help through Flynn as you suggest. There is no shred of evidence for that possibility so I don’t believe I will have to rethink who Trump is and my support of him.

        • MR2Aviator

          You can suspect all you want but the facts don’t support your theory. How about Obama getting caught on video with he Russians about working with them once he is reelected? And now the relevation he knew months in advance of the Russians interference in the election.

          • Professor Mark

            I shared my thoughts. You are intentionally misrepresenting what Obama said. It seems you want to deflect away from Trump’s treason. Why do you think Trump has been so desperate to defend Flynn? What is Trump hiding in his tax returns? Why did Trump wait until today to even acknowledge that the Russians threw a monkey wrench in our elections? Why did he lie about finding out about the Russian shenanigans only yesterday? My theory that Trump was working with the Russians and is trying to cover it up seems to answer those questions. What is your theory?

          • jtCan

            Did you miss the part that McConnell basically blackmailed Obama to keep the Russian involvement quiet?

      • trebor

        He confessed to violating 18 USC 1512 on national television for starters. Is that specific enough?

  • Orionsangel

    He’s a hansom dude I’ll give him that. This is what the Dems need. Young fresh faces. Gavin Newsom is another good one. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1a0b427ac8ce37b346c48dc9926624545c6e890ae3b42573a888a8c29761f479.jpg

  • Rod J

    Swalwell is smart and young – plus has a great on-air person. I think this would be a really good choice.

  • Ann Kent

    Yes I would vote for him. Have you seen his chart on all of Trump’s Russia connections. It is posted on his congressional website.

  • Mary Valuri

    How would a Swalwell-Kennedy ticket look in 2020? I think it would be great!

  • trebor

    I sent him an email saying he would be an ideal candidate a month ago. I’m on board. I like Jeff Merkeley, too. I’ll pass on anyone named Kennedy or Clinton. I wish Sally Yates would take the plunge.

  • Chuck Vickery

    Sure I would elect him and I’m almost 20 years his Senior. That said I will first know his ideal of the American future, his genuenality for honesty, his social properness and religious beliefs. His leadership skills and championed policies, goals. More importantly he should have confidence in his work knowing exactly why his presidency will have a greater impact for the best interest of all countrymen, not just a wealthy few.

  • Sarah Carr

    I would love to see Congressman Eric Swalwell as President.

  • Carolyn Phinney

    Eric has integrity, which would be a breath of fresh air. He’s a dedicated Congressman, meeting with average citizens on the street corner with some coffee and donuts, so he doesn’t lost touch. Definitely a rising leader in our country.

  • Doris Dyvig

    I like and respect him..someone I would vote for..