O’Malley: The Presidency Is Not ‘Some Crown’ Families Should Share

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Governor of Maryland and potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley said Sunday that the country needs fresh perspectives for confronting its problems.

He criticized the idea of the Clinton and Bush families yet again seeking the White House.

“The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families,” the former Maryland governor told ABC’s “This Week.”

O’Malley was referring to the fact that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is considered a likely candidate and clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is considered a probable contender for the Republican nomination.

“I think that our country always benefits from new leadership and new perspectives,” O’Malley said, according to CBS DC.

He added, “We need a president who’s on our side, a president who’s willing to take on powerful, wealthy special interests” to restore the economy.

Asked if Clinton would take on special interests, O’Malley said, “I don’t know. I don’t know where she stands. Will she represent a break with the failed policies of the past? I don’t know.”

O’Malley said he will decide whether to run for president this spring.   He questioned whether his party’s nomination of Clinton — also a former senator and first lady — is inevitable.

“History is full of times when the inevitable front-runner is inevitable right up until he or she is no longer inevitable,” said O’Malley.

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