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O'Malley lays out goals for his presidency

Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, speaks during the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Presidential Forum, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ORG XMIT: IACN119
Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, speaks during the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Presidential Forum, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ORG XMIT: IACN119 (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley would seek to increase the median net worth of American families by $25,000 over a decade, his campaign said Thursday -- part of a series of 15 goals the former Maryland governor is unveiling in Iowa.

O'Malley outlined the goals at the Iowa State Fair, an established campaign stop for presidential hopefuls. The goals also include full employment for veterans and an end to childhood hunger by 2020.

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Some of the goals -- such as ditching fossil fuels by 2050 and providing students with debt-free college -- have already been touted by the O'Malley campaign. Others, such as increasing family's net worth, included few details about how they would be achieved.

"This was the way I governed in the state. This was the way I governed in the city," O'Malley said on MSNBC on Thursday. "CitiStat has become a model for cities all across the country, and this is the new way of governing. You set goals. You forge a new consensus. You measure performance."

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O'Malley is trailing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the race for the Democratic nomination. A Public Policy Polling survey of Iowa voters released this week showed O'Malley had support from 7 percent of voters there. Two days later a CNN/ORC poll put the former governor at 1 percent.

Receiving less attention is the fact that O'Malley endorsed the controversial nuclear agreement with Iran. Clinton and Sanders have both already said they support the deal, which faces an important vote in Congress next month.

"I believe that the Iranian deal is actually in best interest of our national security as a nation," O'Malley said on MSNBC. "Just as we've negotiated with the Russians in the past, I believe that this path is the best path forward right now and I hope Congress approves the deal."

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