Hillary’s new challenger
Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley yesterday joined the Democratic presidential race with a long-shot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party's 2016 nomination.
"I'm running for you," he told a crowd of about 1,000 people at Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, where he served as mayor before two terms as governor.
O'Malley has made frequent visits in recent months to early-voting Iowa, where he headed yesterday afternoon, and New Hampshire, his destination today. Still, he remains largely unknown in a field dominated by Clinton.
Already in the Democratic race is Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. One of O'Malley's first tasks as a candidate would be to consolidate support among Democrats on the left who are reluctant to back Clinton and eyeing Sanders.
An ally of former President Bill Clinton, O'Malley was the second governor to endorse Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2007. But he says Democrats deserve a choice in the 2016 primary.
"The presidency is not a crown to be passed back and forth ... between two royal families," said O'Malley. "It is a sacred trust to be earned from the people of the United States, and exercised on behalf of the people of the United States."