Martin O'Malley Cites Executive Experience in Comparison to Obama

The former mayor, governor cites his managerial experiences.

"I believe our country is facing some very deep challenges. And I believe that we're not going to overcome our problems without new leadership," he said. "So what I offer in this race, George, is 15 years of executive experience accomplishing difficult things and bringing people together to get them done."

O'Malley said the Obama administration had kept the country from falling into an ever deeper recession, but he said he has something different to offer.

"I differ, I would say, from President Obama in my background and my experience. His was that of a legislator. Mine was of a big city, and also facing difficult challenges, and also of a state," he said.

O'Malley, 52, also joined the growing chorus of progressives calling on Hillary Clinton to take a position on the proposed Transpacific Partnership trade deal under negotiation. O'Malley said he is against the deal and that it would be bad for workers.

He added that Clinton has been "awfully silent" on the issue. He went on to draw parallels between this possible deal and NAFTA, which was signed by President Bill Clinton.

"We need to improve upon the Patriot Act," O'Malley said.

He argued in favor of a few specific updates including a need for a public advocate in negotiations with Foreign Intelligence Surveillance courts and changes to warrant procedures. "We're a people who should never give up our privacy for our security," he continued.

Nationwide, O'Malley barely registers in polling, but he said he is accustomed to being an underdog, at just 1 percent in some polls.

"The presidential primary processes and the caucuses in Iowa have a certain greatness to them in that people there have seen 1 percent candidates before get into the van, go from county to county to county and make their case about their better choices that they would offer the nation, and suddenly become very well-known overnight," he said.

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