Rep. Eric Swalwell on his 2020 presidential bid

The California lawmaker told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos what sets him apart from the pack of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
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white house. Overnight, Eric Swalwell just 38 became the 18th Democrat to enter the race, and when we spoke earlier this morning, I began by asking him what sets him apart from this big pack. You know what? I'm someone who grew up seeing parents live paycheck to paycheck. My dad was a cop and my mom raised four boys. They believed -- I worked hard enough and I could be the first in the family to go to college. That paid off, and with two kids, I'm paying off just under $100,000 in student loan debt. I know why people work hard. I have experience, and I have been on the intelligence committee. I know whour threats are from the outside, and I know what the threats to the rule of law are the inside need. That promise of America will help you work hard, dream bigger for your kids and reach for all Americans. You want a mandatory buyback of all automatic weapons. What issue should Americans care about the most, and Americans put guns at the bottom. The number one death of black children in America is gun we saw it rise to the top, and after parkland, Americans are saying, I don't want my kids to have to live in fear because Washington does nothing, and it's not going to change until we make that a top priority. You consider the buyback will create backlash in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, states the Democrats need to win. I'm telling folks, keep your rifles, shotguns, pistols and we want the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people and most gun owners believe that. You are known for speaking out about president trump and Russia and you have suggested he's a Russian agent saying he has betrayed our country. Any concern you took that too far? He acts on Russia's behalf too often, and puts their priorities ahead of ours. Just because he wasn't criminally indicted doesn't mean he met the standard of conduct for a candidate for president. What do you think we'll see from Robert Mueller? You'll see his family, his team did not say no any time they were offered information by the Russians and eagerly asked the Russians to keep bringing more and when they came into power, took actions to help the Russians, reduced sanctions, pulled us out of Syria, trashes nato any chance he gets. That's what the Russians wanted. Robert Mueller did not reach the conclusion that rose to the level of conspiracy. That's a different standard than what we would want for a president of the United States, and the Russians are going to do this again in the 2020 election, and if we want to know how they did it, who they worked with, what we need to do as a government to protect against it, we need to see the full Your parents -- both Republicans? Both of my brothers. They have the trump/pence magnet? We're hoping that comes down. You haven't locked down their I have to get them. If I can get them, I can get probably anyone in America. Eric Swalwell, thank you for coming We are back now with Dr. Ian

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