Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said Sunday he’s “getting close” to a decision about running for president in the already crowded Democratic field, saying he’d make health care and racial equality top issues.
In remarks on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Swalwell predicted health care would “drive much of this debate as we go forward.”
“Getting close,” he said in response to when he’ll decide to make a White House bid.
“I was just in Iowa last weekend,”he said. “Number one issue on the Iowa poll is health care. And I saw across the state…these hollowed out candy jars in gas stations where you have a flyer with a picture of someone in the community and that's their health care plan — the charity of a stranger at a cashier checkout. So people in Iowa are saying we need a health care plan that covers everyone.”
While stopping short of joining Democrats who’ve suggested reparations for slavery and the abuse of blacks, Swalwell said issues of disparity “still persist.”
“We're not doing enough today and busing wasn't enough” in the 1970s. “And I think that's going to be atop of my issue.”
Swalwell said he wouldn’t be “distracted” by the controversy swirling around freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
“When we see comments like this, we're going to call them out,” he said of anti-Semitic remarks for which Omar is being accused. “But we also can address some of the issues where this two-state solution needs to happen. We need to restore the aid the president has taken away from Palestinians… We're not going to be distracted by this.”
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