O'Malley endorses O'Rourke for president

O'Malley endorses O'Rourke for president
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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) gave his endorsement to former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) just hours after the former congressman announced he was running for president.

O’Malley, who ran for president in 2016 and was once thought of as a possible 2020 candidate himself, said he was “all in” for O’Rourke in a post on Twitter Thursday.

“We’re all in for Beto here in Maryland and I look forward to doing everything in my power to help him beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE,” he wrote.

O’Malley congratulated O’Rourke and his wife, Amy, in another post on Twitter where he quoted the Texas Democrats' announcement video.

O’Malley withdrew his name from consideration for the Democratic primary earlier this year and quickly threw his support behind O’Rourke, who had yet to announce he was running.

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He ultimately lost to Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections by roughly 3 percentage points.

In an op-ed published in the Des Moines Register in January, O’Malley pointed to O’Rourke’s “disciplined and principled campaign” as a reason behind his support.

“He spoke to the American values of honesty, compassion for one another, and courage in the face of a rapidly changing future,” he wrote.