Former Gov. Martin O'Malley used a curse word on a nationally broadcast radio program Monday morning to describe Republican policy ideas, and on Monday afternoon started using it to solicit donations for his potential bid for president.
O'Malley has been enjoying growing national attention as an alternative Democratic candidate to front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, a role that despite his low showing in polls, has landed O'Malley on Sunday talk shows and National Public Radio.
On Monday, NPR aired two segments of a lengthy interview with Maryland's former governor about his potential bid for president and his thoughts on how to change the country's economy so that wealth is not concentrated among the richest Americans.
During the interview, O'Malley criticized a Republican ideas about income equality, saying the contention that regulations strangle small businesses is "kind of patently bull——."
"I mean, our tax code's been turned into Swiss cheese," O'Malley said. "And certainly the concentrated wealth and accumulated power and the systematic deregulation of Wall Street has led to this situation where the economy isn't working for most of us. All of that is true. But it is not true that regulation holds poor people down or regulation keeps middle class from advancing. That's kind of patently bull——."
His bad language -- bleeped out by the radio station -- drew another round of attention, which his political action committee capitalized on in the afternoon with a blast to supporters saying, "Yeah, I said it."
"Republicans are out there feeding us the same tired logic that what's good for the top 1 percent of Americans is good for our country," O'Malley told supporters. "Let's be real and call it what it is. That's what I did on NPR this morning."
He asked for contributions to "stand with me and tell Republicans to cut the bull."
Since leaving office in January, O'Malley has made frequent trips to early primary states as he lays the groundwork for a possible presidential bid. He has delivered stump speeches that tout his Maryland record, and toted along his guitar to lead crowds in sing-alongs.
Last week, he laid out his five-point plan for the economy during a speech at Harvard University, and later this week will be traveling to South Carolina.
O'Malley has not formally announced his bid and said he will make a decision on whether to run by late May. But he has also used language that makes a presidential campaign seem inevitable.
In comparing himself to Clinton during Monday's NPR interview, he said, "I believe that differences will become apparent and over the next month, I am sure she will start to roll out her policy choices. When I get into the race, I will lay mine out."