Martin O'Malley's Opening Remarks in ABC News Democratic Debate

In his opening remarks at the ABC News' Democratic debate, Martin O'Malley mentioned his visit to a Northern Virginia mosque.
1:48 | 12/20/15

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Transcript for Martin O'Malley's Opening Remarks in ABC News Democratic Debate
Thank you tonight we have a different debate than the debates that we have been allowed to have so far. Because tonight is different because of this reason. That in the course of this presidential campaign. America has again been attacked. By T Heidi terrorists. American lives taken from us. So yes we must talk about our ideas to move our economy forward but the first job of the president of the United States is to protect the people of the United States. I've visited with the number of our neighbors in Northern Virginia at a mosque. On last Friday and has not looked out there at the eyes of our neighbors. I also looked in the eyes of veterans I looked into the eyes of Boy Scouts. I looked in the eyes of moms and dads who be do anything in their power to protect our country's values and our freedoms. But our nation needs right now. Is to realize that what we face a terror danger we also face a different sort of political danger. And that is the danger that democracies find themselves susceptible to one unscrupulous leaders tried to turn us upon each other. What our country needs right now is new leadership that will bring us together. Around the values that unite us and on the freedoms that we share as Americans. We will rise to the challenge of Beisel. And we will rise to get it to the challenges that we face in our economy but we will only do so with we hold true. To the values and the freedoms that unite us which means we must never surrendered them. To terrorists must never surrender our American values to racist much never surrender them to the fascist please. Billionaires with big mouse we're a better country than this are enduring symbol is not the barbed wire fence it is the statue of liberty and America's best states or in front of us if we move forward together.

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