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Fri Apr 7, 2017, 10:16 PM

An interview with Martin OMalley April 7, 2017

Last week, The Courier had the opportunity to interview Martin O’Malley, who rose onto the national stage in 2016 during his run for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. Previously, O’Malley served as Mayor of Baltimore and the Governor of Maryland.

'Jacob Marx: What should students of Monmouth College know about you?

Martin O’Malley: I was born and raised in the great state of Maryland. My parents used to tell us that the only thing wrong with politics is that not enough good people try. So I first came out to Iowa for Gary Hart, who rose that year as the voice of a new generation and very nearly won his party’s nomination to challenge Reagan in 1984. So that opened politics to me. I came home and finished up law school and worked as a special prosecutor for a few years before running for office myself. I served two terms on the Baltimore City Council and when no one else was running for Mayor who could do what needed to be done, I decided to run. That year, Baltimore had become the most violent and abandoned city in America and I said to people vote for me and together we will save lives because in our city there is no such thing as a spare American. So we did a lot more on drug treatment and better and more effective policing, just out of the survival imperative we brought people into the information age. Then I ran for governor of Maryland in 2006 and was a two term governor. We made our state the number one state for public education and held the line and didn’t allow a single pennies increase in college tuition during the recession while also driving violent crime down to 30 year lows. I ran for President and had a very thoughtful campaign in an election year that wasn’t very thoughtful. After, I campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 19 states. Since the election, I have been speaking and helping the Democratic Party rebuild at the state level. I firmly believe we need to win back our state legislatures and state governor mansions if we are going to be the majority governing party.

JM: What is your take on your time in Iowa in 2016?'>>>


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