What they're saying about Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley remains in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In Saturday's Democratic debate, the former Baltimore mayor and governor of Maryland went up against frontrunner Hillary Clinton and contender Bernie Sanders.


Here's what other media outlets have to say about O'Malley's performance:

Martin O’Malley had some painful moments Saturday night during the third Democratic presidential debate -- painful and a little awkward.

The former governor of Maryland intended to come off as forceful, trying to insert himself into exchanges and talking over the moderators. Instead, according to Twitter at least, he came off as annoying.

His desperation led to some memorable moments. When the debate turned to gun control, O'Malley attacked Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for representing a "flip-flopping, political approach of Washington." Sanders replied, "Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let's calm down a little bit, Martin," and Clinton added, "Yes, let's tell the truth, Martin." Later, the audience booed O'Malley when he interrupted a discussion on ISIS with a jab about his opponents' age, "May I offer a different generation's perspective on this?"

Hillary Clinton goes wherever the wind blows on gun control, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said at a Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire.

"Secretary Clinton changes her position on this every election year, it seems, having one position in 2000 and then campaigning against President (Barack) Obama and saying we don't need federal standards," O'Malley said at the Dec. 19, 2015, debate hosted by ABC News.

Martin O'Malley, the Democratic presidential candidate who is currently polling at four percent, came out swinging at Saturday night's primary debate. Instead, he got swatted away like a giant gnat, over and over and over again.

The former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland was on some sort of mission, one that struggled to get off the ground and continued to sputter on throughout the debate. From getting a hold-your-horses from Bernie Sanders, to a what-are-you-talking-about from Hillary Clinton and a wait-your-turn from ABC's debate moderators, here are the best of the worst moments for O'Malley.

He surely has the experience and has notably implemented gun safety reform and raised the minimum wage in Maryland, but he just doesn't appeal to voters. And in an election where Americans want outsider politicians, they're never going to choose O'Malley over Clinton as the establishment candidate.

That said, O'Malley did bring up an issue that may haunt Clinton the most: Benghazi. In a veiled swipe at her, he noted how Ambassador Christ Stevens was not provided the proper support and tools to help Libya transition into a thriving democracy – a clear reminder of his untimely death. No doubt this foreshadows what will be in all likelihood a major line of attack from the Republicans and stands to really hurt her going forward.


A struggling Martin O'Malley came to Saturday night's debate intent on making a mark. But moderators David Muir and Martha Raddatz kept swatting him away.

It started almost immediately, when O'Malley tried to jump in during a discussion on gun control, but Raddatz turned instead to Sanders.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley played the youth card during the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday, offering up a “different generation’s” perspective on foreign policy.