Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering a run for president, said Sunday that it would be a mistake for the party if only one Democrat sought the nomination next year.
"I think it would be an extreme poverty indeed if there weren't more than one person willing to compete for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party," O'Malley said on CBS's Face the Nation. "I believe that if you have the executive experience, the ideas that can serve our nation well and the ability to govern you should offer your candidacy and then let the people decide."
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced last week that she will run, as many had expected. O'Malley, who has been traveling aggressively in early presidential primary states, would be seen as a leading alternative if he decides to run. He has recently attempted to distinguish his record from Clinton's on several occasions.
O'Malley said he will make up his mind about whether to run by the end of May.
"Do you think having more candidates is good for the Democratic party?" the show's host, Bob Schieffer, said as he began the line of questioning.
"You mean like more than one?" O'Malley quipped.
The former governor took a pass on a question about the low-key roll out of Clinton's campaign last week.
"I'll let others second-guess her strategies and tactics and she can certainly defend herself," O'Malley said. "I believe that the best way to campaign is one-on-one with people. You can't forge a new sort of consensus, you can't forge public opinion, by following public opinion."