Gov. Martin O'Malley sidestepped a question Monday about whether he was writing a book -- a frequent prelude to to a candidacy for president -- while keeping the door open to a run for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
In an interview on the Fusion cable and satellite network, O'Malley showed a deft ability to dodge inconvenient questions, such as interviewer Jorge Ramos attempt to lure him into saying whether the country would have been better off if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency in 2008.
O'Malley wasn't going there, and stated that he was seriously considering a 2016 run. He eventually slid into a declaration of his wonderful working relationship with Hillary Clinton, whom he backed in 2008, and with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Ramos pressed O'Malley on whether he was wring a book, observing that "it seems like every candidate writes a book right before announcing."
"I'm always writing," O'Malley replies.
But are you writing a book? Ramos asked.
"I'm always writing, Jorge," O'Malley repeated before Ramos gave up.
The Fusion network, a joint venture of Disney-ABC and the Spanish-language Univision, is pitched largely at an audience of young, English-speaking Hispanic Americans -- likely a critical demographic group for Democratic candidates in 2016.
Asked why he would want to be president, the governor said he believes the country's best days are ahead of it.
"I believe we need to make better choices as a people," he said.