Eric Swalwell in June Democratic candidates debate in Miami FL


On Education: Next generation will solve college affordability problem

Mayor Pete BUTTIGIEG: There's something that doesn't get talked about. Yes, it needs to be more affordable to go to college. It also needs to be more affordable to not go to college. You should be able to live well, afford rent, be generous to your church and Little League, whether you went to college or not.

Rep. Eric SWALELL: You can't count on the people who have been in government for the last 30 years, who were around when this problem was created, to be the ones to solve it. It's going to be the next generation, the 40 million of us who can't start a family, can't take a good idea and start a business and can't buy our first home. This is the generation that's going to be able to solve student loan debt. This generation is ready to lead.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

On Gun Control: Mandatory gun buy-back, but not pistols or rifles

Q: You have a unique position on gun reform. You're proposing that the government should buy back every assault weapon in America and it should be mandatory. How do you envision that working?

SWALWELL: Keep your pistols, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns, but we can take the most dangerous weapons from the most dangerous people. We have the NRA on the ropes, because of the moms, because of the Brady Group, because of March for our Lives. I'm the only candidate calling for a ban and buyback of every single assault weapon in America. I have seen the plans of the other candidates here. They would all leave 15 million assault weapons in our communities. I will approach this issue as a prosecutor. But also as a parent, of a generation who has seen thousands of black children killed in our streets. And a generation who goes to the theater and we actually look where the fire exits are. We don't have to live this way. We must be a country who loves our children more than we love our guns.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

On Principles & Values: Biden said 32 years ago "pass the torch" to new generation

We must always be a county where technology creates more jobs than it displaces. I was 6 years old when a presidential candidate came to the California Democratic Convention and said it's time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans. That candidate was then-Senator Joe Biden. Joe Biden was right when he said it 32 years ago. He is still right today.

If we are going to solve the issues of automation, pass the torch. If we are going to solve the issues of climate chaos, pass the torch. If we're going to solve the issue of student loan debt, pass the torch. If we're going to end gun violence for families who are fearful of sending their kids to school, pass the torch.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

The above quotations are from NBC News, "Decision 2020," the Democratic candidates debate,
live from the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami, Florida, June 26-27, 2019..
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