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Maryland Gov. O'Malley Takes Step Closer to White House Race

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Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 08:32 AM

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has informed Democratic fundraisers that he plans to run for the party’s presidential nomination even if Hillary Clinton enters the race, The Wall Street Journal reported.

O'Malley's team had previously indicated that he would bow out as a potential candidate in 2016 if the former secretary of state decided to join the contest.

But now the Journal says that O'Malley has privately been telling Democratic fundraising officials that he’ll throw his hat in the ring whether Clinton is a rival or not.

To date, O’Malley has taken the same stance as Clinton and declined to say whether he will enter the fray. “I'm not inclined to talk about that at this point,” O’Malley, a two-term governor leaving office in January, said recently. “But I don't blame you for asking."

However, to all intents and purposes, O'Malley is already paving the way for a White House run with a series of calculated steps aimed at pushing his potential candidacy.

O'Malley has agreed to be the keynote speaker at a Sept. 26 Democratic Party fundraising dinner in New Hampshire, the state that holds the nation's first primary, the Journal said.

The governor has also sent more than 20 of his staff to states with competitive races in the November midterm elections, and he’s heading out to California this month for a political-action committee fundraiser.

In another possible move to a presidential bid, O'Malley has already begun to distance himself from President Barack Obama’s controversial immigration policy by refusing to shelter undocumented children in his state.

But the governor also said that illegal kids should not be returned to their home countries where they would be in danger, which is contrary to the White House’s positon that children who weren't eligible to remain in the U.S. would be sent home.

“Competition is really good," Terry Lierman, who has raised campaign funds for O'Malley, told the Journal. "It's good in business, it's good in sports and it's essential in politics. It makes better candidates. I don't think Martin O'Malley or any candidate should be scared by another candidate."

Clinton’s spokesman Nick Merrill said Tuesday: "She as much as anyone knows that running for president is a very personal and weighty decision that people need to make on their own, based on whatever factors they want to take into account."

The biggest problem facing O’Malley is his lack of name recognition, unlike the former first lady. A July Gallup Poll showed that 84 percent of liberal-leaning voters had either never heard of O’Malley or had no opinion of him.

Clinton, on the other hand, has been the clear race frontrunner in polls, well head of O'Malley, Vice President Joe Biden and other potential Democratic candidates, according to the Journal.


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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has informed Democratic fundraisers that he plans to run for the party's presidential nomination even if Hillary Clinton enters the race.
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