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Martin O'Malley presses Hillary Clinton on Wall Street

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Former governor turned presidential candidate Martin O'Malley tried to distance himself from his two main rivals for the Democratic nomination on Sunday, suggesting that he would be more free than front runner Hillary Clinton to rein in excesses on Wall Street.

"I don't know what Secretary Clinton's approach to Wall Street might be. She will run her own campaign and I will run mine," O'Malley said on ABC's "This Week," his first major television appearance since launching a long shot campaign for president against Clinton the day before.

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"I can tell you this. I am not beholden to Wall Street interests," he said. "There are not Wall Street CEOs banging down my door and trying to participate or help my campaign."

Among the most noteworthy lines from O'Malley's announcement address is Federal Hill Park on Saturday was the suggestion that Wall Street did not see a significant difference between Clinton and presumed GOP candidate Jeb Bush. O'Malley, who has tried to stake out a position to Clinton's left, quoted news reports in which Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein indicated he'd "be fine" with either a Clinton or Bush presidency.

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"I bet he would," O'Malley said on Saturday.

Pressed on whether he thought there would be a difference between a Bush and Clinton White House on Wall Street regulation, O'Malley said he believed there would be differences but did not elaborate.

"Do I see a difference? Sure, I see many differences," he said. "But one of the most important differences when it comes to reining in Wall Street is who's on our side. I have the independence. I have the track record."

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Asked to draw a distinction with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is also running the left of Clinton, O'Malley noted his years of executive experience in Baltimore and Annapolis.

The former two-term governor is campaigning in New Hampshire on Sunday after visiting Iowa on Saturday.

Another presidential candidate with Maryland ties, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson, suggested he does not agree with fellow candidate GOP Rand Paul's efforts to let the Patriot Act expire.

"But you support Rand Paul on this?" host George Stephanopoulos asked.

"No, Carson responded. "The data is already collected. And I think that's good by the -- by the phone companies. And we have a process whereby a warrant can be gotten if one is suspicious."

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Carson had a week of good news. A nationwide Quinnipiac University poll showed Carson tied for first place for the GOP nomination with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Carson also won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference on May 23.

"Whether I'm a front-runner or not doesn't matter," Carson said. "What matters is that the people themselves are starting to listen and evaluate for themselves rather than listening to what people say I said and what people say that I meant. "


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