Martin O`Malley on Principles & Values



Don't give up our freedoms for a promise of security

We should never give up our privacy or our freedoms in exchange for a promise of security. We need to figure this out together. We need to speak to what unites us as a people; freedom of worship, freedom of religion, freedom of expression. We should never be convinced to give up those freedoms in exchange for a promise of greater security; especially from someone as untried and as incompetent as Donald Trump.
Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. , Dec 19, 2015

Democrats don't denigrate women or immigrants or Muslims

What you heard tonight was a very different debate than from the sort of debate you heard from the two presidential Republican debates. You didn't hear anyone denigrate women, you didn't hear anyone make racist comments about new American immigrants, you didn't hear anyone speak ill of another American because of their religious belief. What you heard instead was an honest search for the answers that will move our country forward.
Source: 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas , Oct 13, 2015

Look at my actions as governor, not my approval rating

Q: In a poll done back in October 2014, the people of Maryland were asked would Martin O'Malley make a good president. 70 percent said no.

O'MALLEY: Well, we had just come off a very contentious campaign there. And I think the truly important thing is my record of accomplishments in Maryland; five years in a row creating the number one public schools in the country, reducing violent crime to 35-year lows. I believe that what people want, especially in 2016, is someone with proven executive experience, the ability to get things done and be honest with people. I think laying out the choices that we have to make as a free people to build a good economy for our kids, is more important than putting my finger in the wind and looking for popularity.

Source: ABC This Week 2015 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Mar 29, 2015

History celebrates courage, not triangulation

Martin O'Malley took a veiled shot at Hillary Clinton in a speech criticizing the politics of "triangulation" that have historically been associated with the Clintons: "The most fundamental power of our party and our country is the power of our moral principles," O'Malley said.

In words that echoed those of Senator Barack Obama when he battled Clinton in 2007 for the Democratic nomination, O'Malley added: "Triangulation is not a strategy that will move America forward. History celebrates profiles in courage, not profiles in convenience."

The politics of triangulation is a phrase often used to describe former President Bill Clinton's brand of centrism. It has also been used to criticize Hillary Clinton as overly poll driven, and liberals have long used it as a cudgel. In a pivotal Democratic primary speech in November 2007 in Iowa, Obama deployed "triangulation" as an attack line against Mrs. Clinton.

Source: N. Y. Times 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Mar 1, 2015

Fundraising via O'Say Can You See PAC

Even O'Malley supporters acknowledge that he has hurdles when it comes to name identification and fundraising. O'Malley has tried to increase his national presence, speaking at Democratic Party events like the California Democratic State Convention, New Hampshire Jefferson Jackson Dinner and to the Wisconsin Democratic Party and Clark County (Nevada) Democratic Party.

O'Malley's O'Say Can You See PAC had nearly $298,000 in its coffers at the end of March, according to a Federal Election Commission filing. His camp says the total was low because O'Malley didn't fundraise during the Maryland legislative session.

O'Malley has shown some fundraising chops--he was a member of President Barack Obama's National Finance Committee for his 2012 campaign and bundled $500,000.

Source: Politico.com 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , May 14, 2014

American dream requires modern investments in middle class

There is a powerful truth at the heart of the American dream: The stronger we make our country, the more she gives back to us, to our children and grandchildren. Our parents and grandparents understood this truth deeply. They believed--as we do--that to create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments: educating, innovating and rebuilding for our children's future. Building an economy to last, from the middle class up, not from the billionaires down.
Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech , Sep 4, 2012

Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism.

O`Malley adopted the manifesto, "A New Politics for a New America":

As New Democrats, we believe in a Third Way that rejects the old left-right debate and affirms America’s basic bargain: opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and community of all.