Jul 27, 2015 10:58 PM

Steinhauser: O'Malley takes aim at Clinton in NH1 News interview

NH1 Political Director - NH1.com

MANCHESTER – Martin O’Malley isn’t shy anymore when it comes to criticizing Hillary Clinton.

In a one-on-one interview with NH1 News Monday, the former Maryland governor and Democratic presidential candidate took a shot at Clinton over the plan she unveiled last week to regulate Wall Street and reshape the federal tax code.

“Secretary Clinton and I have big disagreements when it comes to reigning in Wall Street. My plan calls for restoring robust prosecution, breaking up the mega big banks, if they’re so big they can’t fail without hurting our economy. Her plan does not do that. I’m not really sure what her plan is,” O’Malley said.

But O’Malley wasn’t done.

“Her closeness to Wall Street is well known and genuinely held. But it’s a different of opinion that she and I have. I believe the federal government should protect our common good and main street from being worked over by recklessness on Wall Street. She does not,” O’Malley continued.

In the spring, O’Malley was hesitant to slam the former secretary of state. But O’Malley’s spent the past two months criticizing Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, for her ties to Wall Street, saying she’s beholden to then financial industry.

The Clinton campaign passed on responding to O’Malley’ criticism on Monday. Instead they pointed to one of Clinton’s comments from her speech Friday on Wall Street reform.

“I will appoint and empower regulators who understand that Too Big To Fail is still too big a problem. We’ll ensure that no firm is too complex to manage or oversee. And we will prosecute individuals as well as firms when they commit fraud or other criminal wrongdoing. And when the government recovers money from corporations or individuals for harming the public, it should go into a separate trust fund to benefit the public.”

O’Malley spoke with NH1 News in Manchester, at the end of a two-day swing through the first-in-the-nation primary a trip. While O’Malley was in the Granite State, Clinton was in Iowa, detailing her climate change proposals. Asked about Clinton’s plans, O’Malley instead touted his own ideas, which he introduced a few weeks ago.

“My plan is very comprehensive. It shows across multiple areas the actions we need to take to move to 100% electric powered grid by 2050 and I hope the other candidates can come up to that bar. We should put forward specific ideas. My plan does that,” O’Malley said.

This was O’Malley’s first trip to New Hampshire since the July 23 shootings at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana that left two people dead. In the wake of those shootings O’Malley resumed his calls for gun control.

“We are the only nation on the planet that sees this many of our people lives taken by gun violence. So I am in favor of comprehensive gun safety legislation, requirement of background checks, banning assault weapons, I don’t believe combat weapons have a place being sold on our streets. That’s what I did as the governor of Maryland and I intend to push for these things as president,” O’Malley told NH1 News.

But interestingly, O’Malley passed on an opportunity to criticize Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a rival for the Democratic nomination, over his past opposition to gun control measures.

O’Malley arrived in New Hampshire on Sunday, as a new NBC News/Marist poll indicated his support at five percent among likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, far behind Clinton (47%) and Sanders (34%).

But O’Malley sees a silver lining in the new survey.

“I feel very good about our campaign here, in New Hampshire and in Iowa. When I started and announced 40 days ago we were at one percent. Now we’re at five percent. And I intend to meet people all across New Hampshire and run this campaign the New Hampshire way: putting forward ideas in the living rooms of New Hampshire and meeting people one person at a time. And that’s how you build a winning campaign in New Hampshire,” he said.

Besides being a presidential candidate, former governor, and former Baltimore mayor, O’Malley’s also known for his skills with a guitar and for being a member of the Celtic rock band O’Malley’s March.

“I’ve always enjoyed music. Since I’ve been in high school I’ve been playing music,” he said. “Music’s all that keeps us here. And I think maybe on this campaign we need more music and not less.”


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