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Jul 27, 2016 1:12 PM

O'Malley tells NH1 News he's game for DNC chair if asked to serve

NH1 News Political Director

PHILADELPHIA – Martin O’Malley says he would do anything “include being DNC chair” if asked by Hillary Clinton or Democratic party leaders.

And the former Maryland governor who ran for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination also said in an interview with NH1 News that he’s “not that far down the road” when asked if he would consider another White House run in the future.

O’Malley spoke with NH1 News on Wednesday morning, minutes after receiving a standing ovation from the audience at a breakfast for the New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine delegations attending the Democratic National Convention.

O’Malley told the crowd that “I’m one of the few people who can say this: I have worked with Sec. Clinton and I have campaigned against Sec. Clinton. And I can tell you she is one tough person for one tough job.”

“Hillary Clinton understands that the enduring symbol of the United States of America is not the barbed wire fence, it is the Statue of Liberty,” he added, in one of his many shots at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

O’Malley aggressively went after Clinton on the campaign trail before he dropped his White House bid in early February, days before the New Hampshire primary. But now he’s a surrogate for Clinton.

“I’m honored to be able to campaign for Secretary Clinton because the choice is so very clear. I didn’t run for president because I enjoyed eating on the road. I ran for president to help my country and I believe our contested primary made our ultimate nominee, Secretary Clinton, much, much, stronger. And so she needs to be because we’re at a vulnerable time in our country’s history. This has been the most protracted recovery we’ve ever had because it’s the deepest recession we’ve ever had. We need wages to go up and not down. Secretary Clinton won our party’s nomination, she got more votes, and I’m proud to be able to support her,” O’Malley told NH1 News.

Asked if there’s any role for him in a Clinton administration or running the Democratic National Committee, O’Malley answered “I will do anything that Sec. Clinton and the party ask of me to help us win in the fall. That would include being DNC chair if that’s what they wanted. I’m sure I’m not the only person who could do that job well. Right now though I’m just focused on coming back to New Hampshire, going back to states like Pennsylvania and doing everything I can to help people come to their own decision about which of these two candidates is best able to make wages go up, make our economy work again, and keep our country safe and from my discernment, without a doubt that’s Secretary Clinton.”

But he demurred on any future run for the White House, telling NH1 News “ah man, I’m not that far down the road. Thank you for asking. I’m focused like a laser beam on these next few months. I’ve cleared my schedule for the most part so that I can go anywhere Sec. Clinton asks of me so we can elect here president of the United States.”

O’Malley addresses the Democratic convention on Wednesday evening.

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