Democrats won back a majority in the House and flipped several deep-red seats during the 2018 congressional elections and are undoubtedly looking to carry this momentum into the 2020 presidential race. Notably, during the November elections, Democrats were able to close the gap on otherwise landslide victories for Republicans, like the senatorial race in Texas, giving them electoral hope for the next election.
The only problem for Democrats now is finding someone to contest President Trump on the national stage, not an easy task as he previously bested Hillary Clinton.
Democrats may have received a helpful suggestion from music icon Cher who proposed a ticket featuring former Vice President Joe Biden and Democrat Congressman Eric Swalwell.
“I know Joe Biden and I know him to be a really great man,” Cher said during a radio interview with ITK, as Mediaite reports. Cher then said Biden could run with someone younger like Kamala Harris or Swalwell. “I can’t remember what Swalwell’s first name is.”
A ticket featuring the 76-year-old Biden and the 38-year-old representative would pair Biden’s experience and tenacity with Swalwell’s youth and vigor, a combination which would seek to reach to the older, more establishment Democrats and the new far-left, Millenial group.
Swalwell, during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, said he would be up for being paired with Biden for his party’s nomination. From Mediaite:
California Congressman Eric Swalwell says he’s willing to make his mama and Cher proud and is “open to entertaining” the possibility of the Biden-Swalwell ticket or even a Swalwell-Biden 2020 ticket.
Swalwell’s comments came during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzeron Thursday.
“Are you prepared to run in 2020 as either a presidential or a vice president presidential candidate?” Blitzer asked.
Swalwell replied, “Or Swalwell/Biden, Wolf. I’m open to entertaining both variations. And I was actually as a fan of Cher and my mom has been to many of her concerts, my mom was just thrilled. I think my mom has sent that to every person in the world she has ever talked to.”
Swalwell also took to Twitter to comment on the idea.
“Yes. My Mom loves @cher and she’s thrilled,” the California congressman tweeted to a critic. “Don’t diss my Mom, pal.”
While Swalwell said he was entertaining the thought of running, he has not formally made a decision.
Per the Hill:
Swalwell was reported by Politico last month to be considering a White House run, but has so far declined to comment publicly on speculation concerning his political ambitions.
“I’ve asked my mom to stop talking to Politico. Just kidding. No news to report. Yet,” Swalwell told The Hill last month.
“Absolutely I’m looking at it, and I’m going to talk with my family over the holiday,” he later added to Fox News.
Swalwell and Biden have been vocal critics of President Trump and Biden recently said he is the “most qualified person in the country to be president” and to take on the 45th president.
“I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,” Biden said at the University of Montana, via CNN. “The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life.”
“No one should run for the job unless they believe that they would be qualified doing the job. I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have — even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right but I know a great deal about it,” the former vice president added.
Biden has not made any official decision to run for office in 2020 and instead said he would have to speak with his family about it.
“I have two young grandchildren my son left who love me and adore me and want me around. I want to be there to take care of them, so we’ve got to figure out whether or not this is something we can all do as a family,” Biden said, per the report. “We’re going to make that decision in the next six weeks to two months, and that’s the basis of the decision.”