O’Malley: Cruz more ‘unqualified’ to be president than Trump
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Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley late Wednesday went on the offensive against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz no longer wearing mask in Capitol The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Democrats brace for new 'defund the police' attacks MORE (R-Texas), calling him the most “unqualified” and “outrageous” candidate in the 2016 field.

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“I’d like to say that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE is the most outrageous and unqualified person ever to run for president,” O’Malley said at a rally in Nevada, according to NBC News. “But, really, that’s not fair to Ted Cruz.”

The former Maryland governor, a staunch gun-control advocate, took particular exception to Cruz’s solution to mass shootings.

“Cruz actually says that the answer to gun violence is more guns,” he said. “Senator, the answer to cancer is not more cancer, the answer to poverty is not more poverty and the answer to gun violence is not more guns.”

Fellow Democratic primary candidates Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Republican legislators target private sector election grants MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Trump was right about 'trying to end endless wars' Democrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico Bernie Sanders says he disagrees with Tlaib's call for 'no more police' MORE (I-Vt.) also spoke at the “Battle Born Battleground” caucus dinner, hosted by the Nevada Democratic Party and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who introduced the candidates.

Clinton, who is leading the field in early Nevada polls, was cordial toward her primary rivals at the dinner.

“They have a lot of good ideas and we share a lot of the same values,” she said. “And the differences between us pale compared to what we see on the other side.”

But she subtly jabbed at Sanders without naming him, saying she was the only candidate in the field who had taken time to raise money for state parties.

Sanders, who has recently poured significant resources into Nevada, also hit Clinton without naming her, saying “establishment politics and establishment candidates” would not draw sufficient voter turnout to win in the general election.

Clinton and Sanders both held rallies before the dinner, while O’Malley is expected to give a speech on Thursday morning.