New Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell may not have made the splashes he was hoping to make when he officially announced his 2020 bid and unveiled his official campaign slogan on Monday night. As far as first impressions go, BizPac Review reports this one was terrible.
Swalwell officially announced his candidacy during an appearance on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” While the segment was recorded earlier in the day, it was made publicly available Monday evening.
During the late night talk show, Swalwell told Colbert: “I see a country in quicksand, unable to solve problems and threats from abroad, unable to make life better for people here at home. Nothing gets done.”
“I’ve talked to people who are just like me who are the first in their family to go to college, got a lot of student debt, can’t buy a home, can’t start a business,” the congressman continued. “I’ve talked to kids who sit in their classroom afraid that they’ll be the next victim of gun violence and they see Washington do nothing about it after the moments of silence and they see lawmakers who love their guns more than they love our kids.”
“None of that is going to change until we get a leader who is willing to go big on the issues we take on, be bold in the solutions we offer, and do good in the way that we govern. I’m ready to solve these problems,” Swalwell announced, “I’m running for the president of the United States.”
Then Swalwell dropped his first campaign video which included his new slogan, “Go Big. Be Bold. Do Good.” Check it out, from BizPac Review:
Roughly 40 minutes after “The Late Show” unveiled this “sneak peek” video, the congressman published his first 2020 presidential election campaign ad to his Twitter account.
Upon its publication, the ad promptly drew criticism for its Beto-esque genericness and lack of substance. Critics also questioned Swalwell’s slogan, “Go Big. Be Bold. Do Good.”
Even the congressman’s fellow Democrats found the slogan to be inordinately lacking.
“Big Bold Good? I like Eric, but that’s not going to work for most voters,” one opined.
“I like him, but this slogan….,” another added.
And, here’s the video:
Are you ready America? Let's go big, be bold, and do good! pic.twitter.com/gk9SPDT4FN
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) April 8, 2019
People have speculated for some time now that Swalwell was intending to run and that he would make gun control his top priority.
Swalwell previously commented on firearm confiscation and said how the government could implement the law. He said the “government has nukes” and could easily go after those who resist handing over their guns.
Check out these responses: