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Tue Jan 5, 2016, 12:11 AM

Alex Mitchell at Council Bluffs Public Library.

'Anybody who has spoken with me in the last few months know how much of a Bernie Sanders supporter I am, but yesterday I decided to caucus for Martin O'Malley.

O'Malley bridges the gap between Hillary Clinton and Sanders, which gives him much better odds than either of them in a general election. He brings establishment experience as a former governor together with Sanders-esque policies, resulting in (surprisingly) detailed policy papers (https://martinomalley.com/category/policy/) which are lacking from the Sanders campaign.

I realized that the only reason I wasn't supporting him in the first place was because he was not polling well. With Clinton at 50% and Sanders at 34%, it's easy to overlook O'Malley at 3%. I've heard from many people that O'Malley is their second choice, fervently opposed to the third candidate; I encourage these people to look into the governor. Democratic caucuses require groups with less than 15% support dissolve into other choices, so I'll be starting my night in the O'Malley crowd, and will become the prodigal son for Bernie if Martin doesn't make the cut. I hope you'll join me.'

Claire McGuire shared Alex Mitchell's post.

EDIT: 'Comments
Matthew Mundell
This is almost exactly how I feel. I really like Sanders' policies; his views are probably most in line with my own personal views, and I initially thought I would caucus for Hillary mainly because the polls and media seemed to indicate no one else was viable, but upon looking at all three and their policies specifically, I found there was no comparison between the specificity of O'Malley and the other two, and that ideologically, he very much "bridges the gap" of which you speak that, (for better, or worse) is a necessity to appeal to people outside the left in a general election scenario.'


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