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Former Governor Martin O'Malley rides a horse while dressed in a War of 1812 uniform at Fort McHenry.
Former Governor Martin O'Malley rides a horse while dressed in a War of 1812 uniform at Fort McHenry. (Kenneth K. Lam, The Baltimore Sun)

Martin O'Malley may be a history buff with a special fondness for the War of 1812, but he's also a possible presidential candidate who doesn't want to come across as too hawkish -- even on a war fought more than 200 years ago.

Thus, when the confirmed War of 1812 buff was asked recently if he would have gone to war with Britain in 1812, he obfuscated, declining to second-guess President James Madison.

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"Not sure I'd start it again," the former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor told The Guardian. Still, he added with emphasis, "but we would sure as heck finish it again."

Asked if that would include taking over Canada, which was one of the United States' stated goals for the War of 1812, O'Malley offered assurances to our neighbors to the north.

"I think that ship has sailed," he said.

(Thanks to our friends at newser.com for reporting on this.)

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