Politics

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Eyes 2016 Presidential Run By Spring

| by Edward Arnold

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will make a decision on a potential presidential run by spring.

“I’m very seriously considering running in 2016,” O'Malley, a Democrat, said. “Right now, my primary responsibility is to move my family back to Baltimore, which I will do in another week. So I’m going to be taking some time over the next couple of months to get my family situated.”

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While the governor is in no rush to decide, he isn't letting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton define his possible campaign.

"It's really not about any horse race aspect of this," the soon-to-be former governor said. "I've been fulltime governing and helping a whole lot of people in the midterms. It's very essential that if you were to offer yourself in this sort of service that you do so after a lot of reflection and proper preparation."

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The two-term governor has been considering a presidential run for a long time, but polls have not responded in his favor.

A December 2014 CNN/ORC poll shows O'Malley at a mere 1 percent, with 65 percent behind Clinton.

In November 2014, voters rejected his lieutenant governor and handpicked successor for governor. While he noted he was unhappy with the result, Democrats across the nation were losing to their Republican counterparts.

“I was not on the ballot,” O'Malley said. “We had done a lot of good things in Maryland, and yet you did not hear a lot of that on the campaign.”

Source: The Huffington Post, CNN / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, USElectionAtlas.org