O'Malley slams Bush, Clinton 'royal families'
© Greg Nash
 
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley strongly rejected Saturday the idea that another Bush or Clinton should ever enter the White House.
 
“Recently, the CEO of Goldman Sachs let his employees know that he’d be just fine with either Bush or Clinton,” O’Malley said while announcing his 2016 presidential campaign at Baltimore’s Federal Hill Park.
 
“I bet he would,” he said. “Well, I’ve got news for the bullies of Wall Street. The presidency is not a crown to be passed back and forth by you between two royal families.”
 
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“It is a sacred trust to be earned from the people of the United States, and exercised on behalf of the people of the United States.”
 
O’Malley’s remarks were his harshest criticism yet of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the heavy favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination next election cycle.
 
He also attacked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate who is widely expected to announce his bid soon.
 
O’Malley said Saturday neither politician should receive the Oval Office as they are too beholden to wealthy special interests.
 
Big business, he also argued, had severely hurt average Americans with its actions during the 2008 financial crisis.
 
“We are allowing our land of opportunity to be turned into a land of inequality,” O’Malley said. “Main Street struggles, while Wall Street soars.”
 
“Tell me how it is that not a single Wall Street CEO was convicted of a crime related to the 2008 economic meltdown,” he continued. “Not a one.”
 
“This is not how our economy is supposed to work.”
 
The former Maryland governor also touted that his campaign offers Americans “new leadership” in their 2016 presidential candidates.
 
The slogan offers a pointed criticism of the age of other candidates in the Democratic field next election cycle.
 
O’Malley, 52, plans on highlighting his youth compared to Clinton, 67.
 
The former first lady is one of the oldest contenders ever to seek the executive mansion.
 
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), another Democratic option next year, is older than both at 73.
 
O’Malley’s entrance into the 2016 race Saturday may mark the first of several new names on the Democratic ballot.
 
Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is heavily rumored to launch his own campaign next Wednesday.
 
Former Sen. Jim Webb (Va.), meanwhile, has also teased that he will jump into the fray in the near future.