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Jul 9, 2015 11:27 PM

Steinhauser: O'Malley takes on Clinton and Sanders

NH1 Political Director -

CONCORD – Martin O’Malley may be a longshot for the Democratic presidential nomination, but outwardly at least, the former two-term Maryland governor doesn’t appear to be too concerned.

Watch: O'Malley talks to NH1 News about Sanders

O’Malley Thursday wrapped up a two day swing through New Hampshire with a meeting with Carroll County Democrats at the Downtown Café in Wolfeboro.

O’Malley’s visit to the first-in-the-nation primary state came just a couple of days after one of his rivals for the nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, drew some 7,500 people to a rally in Portland, Maine. Last week nearly 10,000 packed into an arena in Madison, Wisconsin to see Sanders speak.

Sanders is surging in the most recent public opinion polls, and his campaign raked in $15 million since launching in late April.

But O’Malley is downplaying Sanders’ recent successes. In a one-on-one interview with NH1 News, O’Malley said “history also shows us that the candidate who’s surging in June is never the candidate show’s surging in January.”

While O’Malley rarely mentions Sanders by name, Generation Forward, the super PAC backing him, last month went up with an ad questioning Sander’s stance on gun control and asking whether he is a “true progressive.”

Both Sanders and O’Malley are running to the left of Hillary Clinton, who remains the firm frontrunner for the nomination.

As for Clinton, O’Malley said “history’s shown that the inevitable frontrunner is always inevitable right up until the people of New Hampshire vote.”

“We have an intuitive sense as a people that the presidency should not be some crown passed back and forth between two families,” he added, in an obvious attack on both Clinton and GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

O’Malley, 52, is also trying to highlight the generation difference between himself and Clinton (67) and Sanders (73).

“I believe the people of our nation, of New Hampshire, Iowa, Maine, and everywhere else, are looking for new leadership to solve our problems,” O’Malley said. “Our problems are new. Our thinking needs to be new, so that we have a better shot at solving these problems.”

O’Malley spoke with NH1 News on Wednesday, soon after presenting a plan for debt-free college for all Americans.

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