Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley had one person attend his Iowa event on Monday amid a huge snowstorm, according to a report from Politico.
While other presidential candidates canceled Monday events because of the inclement weather in the area, the Democratic candidate continued his Iowa swing, about a month out from the first-in-the-nation caucuses. One man showed up at the event but after meeting with O’Malley wouldn’t say whether he planned to support the former governor.
"The very last event of the night, we actually had a whopping total of one person show up, but by God, he was glad to see me. So we spent the time with him," O’Malley said in a Tuesday interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe.”
A reporter for a talk radio station in Iowa shared a picture of the one-on-one meeting between a man named Kenneth and O’Malley in Tama, Iowa.
Kenneth credited the former governor for still showing up. “I think you have a great platform to be running, and I think you have a great future here in Iowa," reporter Sarah Beckman quoted him as saying. "On paper, if I were to look at just the resumes, you would have the strongest resume in my mind.”
Kenneth went on to express concerns with both Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE and her chief rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Sanders calls deadly Afghan drone strike 'unacceptable' MORE (I-Vt.).
“I don’t think Sanders would be easily electable. So don’t underestimate the fact that Iowa will turn out differently,” Kenneth continued. “I think it will turn out differently than what the polls are showing. Jimmy Carter would not have been president if it weren’t for Iowa.”
But O'Malley, a distant third in the three-person Democratic race, brushed off the fact that Kenneth remained uncommitted after the meeting.
"So I wasn't surprised that he was uncommitted," O'Malley said. "But I was glad he took the time to come out in the snow to see me. We almost canceled that last event but we were out there anyway, so we plowed through."
Other presidential candidates who planned Iowa visits on Monday canceled their events due to the snowstorm, including Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioMilley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE (R-Fla.), who pushed back campaigning with Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy MORE (R-S.C.) until Tuesday.
The Iowa caucuses will be held on Feb. 1.