In TV interview, O'Malley declines to give endorsement for Democratic presidential nomination

O'Malley tells Rachel Maddow he plans to advocate on issues of voting rights and climate change.

In his first televised interview since dropping out of the presidential race, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley declined Thursday to choose between Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

O'Malley told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" that he would support the party's nominee over the Republican candidates.

The two-term former governor said he has no regrets about his presidential run.

"I feel very honored and fortunate that I was able to try," he said in the interview, which aired Thursday night.

"If I had been watching from the sidelines," he added, "I would have been beside myself."

Looking ahead, O'Malley said he plans to teach college courses in the fall in Maryland, but didn't say where.

He also plans to advocate for voting rights and climate change, he said.

For now, though, he said he's just enjoying waking in his own bed.

tprudente@baltsun.com

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