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Give O'Malley credit for backbone

While former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley may present a younger and more politically fresh alternative to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, his lack of experience would definitely be a drawback ("Does O'Malley have what it takes to be president?" May 28).

Instead of seeking the 2016 Democratic nomination for president, I would urge him to position himself more reasonably for a 2020 presidential bid by entering this year's race for retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski's seat.

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Mr. O'Malley could then spend four years in the Senate establishing his national and international credentials. That would make a successful campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 far more likely.

By the time the 2020 presidential race rolls around Mr. O'Malley would still be only 56, not too young and certainly not too old to be a credible candidate.

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Nelson Marans, Silver Spring


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