On Saturday, May 30, 2015 Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, announced that he will be making a bid to become the Democrat’s nominee for the 2016 presidential election. He will be up against the heavily favored former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who is expected to easily win the nomination.
Google+ wrote that in his speech announcing his candidacy, the 52-year-old O’Mally told voters he would punish Wall Street “cheats” and the others who were behind the economic collapse of 2008. O’Malley made his announcement in Baltimore, at the base of Federal Hill. Some demonstrator’s were there to protest how he handled law-enforcement policies as the mayor of Baltimore. As mayor, O’Malley took a “zero tolerance” stance on crime, which resulted in a large number of arrests for minor offenses. Although his policies did help reduce violence and drug abuse, critics say it caused unrest and distrust between police and the black community.
The liberal O’Malley will likely compete with independent Bernie Sanders for support. Sanders, a senator from Vermont, draws most of his votes from the left wing of the Democratic Party, which is where O’Malley needs to do well in order to have a chance to upset Clinton and win the nomination.
Although O’Malley understands he is a longshot to win the primary, he believes voters should have a choice. He made this clear during his announcement speech, saying that “The presidency is not a crown to be passed back and forth … between two royal families. 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.”