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O’Malley to O’Rourke: Run!

The former Maryland governor and 2016 presidential candidate announced he would not run for president in 2020 but encouraged the failed Texas Senate candidate to get in the race.

By NTK Staff | 01.03.2019 @1:00pm
O’Malley to O’Rourke: Run!

Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, published an op-ed Thursday announcing that he would not seek the party’s nomination for president in 2020.

But that’s not all he said – O’Malley also encouraged failed Texas Senate candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), to throw his hat in the ring.

O’Rourke has the wisdom to listen, the courage to lead, and a rock-solid faith in the powerful goodness of our nation. 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.

So, while I will not be running in 2020, I would like to put my faith and trust in a fearless American future — an American future large enough for all of our children. Like so many other Americans, I believe we need new leadership to make that future a reality. 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.

O’Rourke, who lost his Senate race in 2018 to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), will no longer be a member of Congress as of Thursday. He also has not committed to running for president in 2020, but O’Malley’s op-ed was no accident. O’Rourke’s team has been careful to generate news coverage that shows him working closely with former President Barack Obama and making inroads among operatives in key early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

O’Malley finished in a distant third place in the 2016 presidential primary behind Hillary Clinton, the party’s eventual nominee, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who may decide to run again for president in 2020.

It’s unlikely this op-ed will actually generate any real buzz for O’Rourke, but it does show that his team is working behind the scenes to set the stage for a potential run.

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