Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley discussed the 2016 presidential race during an interview this weekend, specifically dismissing a dynastic face-off between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.
O’Malley, who has been attempting to present himself as an alternative to Clinton for Democrats in 2016, told ABC’s "This Week" that “the presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families.”
During Sunday’s interview, O’Malley frequently stressed that for the Democratic Party, “new perspectives and new leadership are needed,” and the Party needs a leader who is willing to take on “wealthy special interest groups.” When asked if Clinton was capable of being that person, O’Malley said he was unsure.
“I don’t know where she stands,” he said. “Will she represent a break with the failed policies of the past? I don’t know.”
Many initially assumed O'Malley would run for vice president due to his consistent refusal to criticize Clinton. Now, it seems, the former governor is looking to prove himself as a viable option for the Oval Office.
In an apparent attempt to win over supporters of famously anti-Wall Street Senator Elizabeth Warren, O’Malley has recently been stepping up his criticism of big banks and Wall Street.
“Right now, it’s not even a fair fight. It’s as if Wall Street owns one party and is trying to totally intimidate the other,” he said. “We need to stand up and put the national interest first.”
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