Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who had sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, is hoping Beto O’Rourke makes a White House bid in 2020.
“O’Rourke has the wisdom to listen, the courage to lead, and a rock-solid faith in the powerful goodness of our nation,” he wrote in a column posted by the Des Moines Register on Thursday.
“Because he is of a new generation, O’Rourke understands that a new way of governing — with openness, transparency, and performance — is called for to tackle our problems in the Information Age. And because he is from a border state, O’Rourke understands the enduring symbol of our country is not the barbed wire fence, it is the Statue of Liberty."
He noted O’Rourke was narrowly defeated in the campaign to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
“In his courageous run for the U.S. Senate in Texas, O’Rourke ran a disciplined and principled campaign that also managed to be raw, authentic, and real,” he said. “He spoke to the American values of honesty, compassion for one another, and courage in the face of a rapidly changing future”
If O’Rourke runs for president he will be able to unite people across the nation, according to O’Malley.
“Like so many other Americans, I believe we need new leadership to make that future a reality,” he said. “And, I believe the new leader who can best bring us together and turn us around to create that better American future, is Beto O’Rourke.”
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