What they're saying about Martin O'Malley

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was in the national spotlight again Monday night during the Democratic presidential candidates' town hall event on CNN.

O'Malley shared time in the made-for-TV event with fellow candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.


Here's a sampling of what's being said about O'Malley the day after:

The Des Moines Register


The Des Moines Register's editorial board wrote in its endorsement of Clinton on Saturday that the former Maryland governor would be "better suited" to a cabinet job than being president. The former secretary of state and first lady leads the Democratic field in national polling, currently sitting at 51 percent support, according to a Real Clear Politics polling average.


"No interest in being a cabinet member," he said after a campaign stop in Burlington at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 13. "There's a much easier path to that than the path I've chosen ... I intend to win."


As Hillary Clinton builds a large lead against Bernie Sanders among Democrats nationwide, it appears that Martin O'Malley is cutting into the Vermont senator's base of support. A new Zogby Analytics Poll of 373 likely Democratic caucus and primary voters, conducted nationwide online January 19-20, shows Clinton with 49% support, Sanders at 27%, and O'Malley with 10%.

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley accused Hillary Clinton of failing to pursue action against climate change adequately, saying in an interview with ClimateWire that the planet would "literally burn up" under her plan.



He highlighted what would be an impressive progressive track record in the Old Line State—containing state college tuition, passing a transgender anti-discrimination bill, ending the death penalty, decriminalizing marijuana, disallowing employers to inquire about an employee's criminal record on a job application. But the first question he got was inevitably about his tenure as mayor of riot-ravaged Baltimore, where Mr. O'Malley used the same tough-on-crime tactics as most big city leaders at the time, tactics that have fallen out of liberal favor in the present era of lower felony rates.

He acquitted himself pretty well, highlighting how his policies saved black lives and provided equity in protection from criminals for all residents. Today's activists probably wouldn't buy it. But maybe Iowa voters will.


The only person who attended a late December campaign event for Martin O'Malley hampered by Iowa's harsh winter weather has decided to caucus for him.

But Hillary Clinton is his second choice and likely the candidate he will eventually end up supporting in the caucus, he admitted.

The former Maryland governor has sung for audiences at campaign stops across the state, strumming an acoustic guitar to Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" or Passenger's "Light Up The Dark" after his stump speech ends. But he's also been working "The Iowa Waltz" — the title track from the renowned folk singer's 1981 album — into the routine at some stops, he said in a short interview with The Des Moines Register.