Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) in an interview Monday discussed the possibility of running for president in 2016, saying he believed the country needed to make “better choices.”
Asked why he would want to be president, knowing he would likely face a tough race against Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump: Muslim soldier was a hero but his father 'has no right' to criticize me Interim DNC chair to impose 'tough standards' after email leaks Mark Cuban campaigns for Clinton in hometown of Pittsburgh MORE, O’Malley said, “I love my country.”
It is unclear if O’Malley’s call for “better choices” was a dig at Clinton, who released her memoir this spring titled Hard Choices.
Polls show Clinton to be the clear Democratic favorite if she enters the 2016 contest. O’Malley has spoken publicly about weighing a run, but speculation remains about whether he would actually enter the race if Clinton also does.
In the interview, O’Malley sidestepped questions about whether he would directly challenge Clinton, saying only that he is “seriously considering running in 2016,” something he has acknowledged before.
O’Malley would not say if he would back Clinton if she entered the race.
Asked if he is writing a book, a common move for a presidential candidate, O'Malley said with a smile, "I'm always writing, Jorge."
O'Malley has been trying to position himself to the left of Clinton and the president on some issues, notably appearing to criticize the Obama administration's handling of the border crisis by saying the U.S. should not send young illegal migrants "back to death."
Still, he is a long shot to beat Clinton. He trailed Clinton by 65 percentage points (67 percent to 2 percent) in a CNN/ORC poll this month.