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Martin O'Malley Tackles Clinton, Sanders on Shifting Positions

MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

By    |   Monday, 26 Oct 2015 12:01 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley says  he didn't enter the presidential race because he either dislikes or wants to attack either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, but he still tackled both Monday morning.

"A weathervane shifts its position in the wind; leaders do not," the former Maryland governor told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, repeating the words he said at a recent political event.

But Clinton, he said, "has changed her position on virtually every defining issue in this race except for one, to protect the big banks on Wall Street and go along with business as usual."

For example, said O'Malley, "I was against the Trans Pacific Partnership [trade agreement] eight months ago." Further, he pointed out that Sanders has changed his stance on gun control.

Sanders has continued to support universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons. However, the Vermont independent senator has voted to allow guns in national parks, to shield firearms manufacturers from liability for shootings and against a five-day waiting period for gun purchases. 

And now that both Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb have dropped out of the race and Vice President Joe Biden announced last week he wouldn't run, O'Malley said he's ready to show how he is different than the two front-runners.

"The difference that I am going to be able to make now is between the two candidates that have been in Washington for about 40 years," the former Maryland governor told the program. "Neither one has gotten much done."

O'Malley also said that his campaign is starting to make the generational connection with younger voters, who are "really checked into this election."

"Young people are hitting the refresh button, I believe, in this election and they are looking for somebody that's actually speaking to their generation, for desire, to the passion, who understands that diversity is our strength and we're all in it together," said O'Malley.

"I'm seeing larger and larger crowds of young people and they want a candidate that will bring us together with a national purpose to make this country a better place."

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Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley says he didn't enter the presidential race because he either dislikes or wants to attack either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, but he still tackled both Monday morning.
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