O'Malley: The Presidency "Is Not Some Crown" To Be Passed Between Families

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley supported Hillary Clinton's Maryland campaign in 2007, but "there are new perspectives needed."

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, "THIS WEEK" HOST: Two threshold questions for anyone even thinking of running. Why are you running? Why are you the best person for the job? What is your answer?

FMR. GOV. MARTIN O'MALLEY (D-MD): I believe that our country is at a defining moment in our history. The American dream has become something that is no longer true for the 80 percent of us working harder and not getting further ahead. And I have the experience through after 15 years of public service as an executive in a big city and also as governor of a state, of getting things done, bringing people together to accomplish difficult things in order to give our kids a better future and create a stronger economy.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Sounds like you have honed that down.

But back in 2007, you were one of Hillary Clinton's earliest supporters. You were chair of her Maryland campaign. You called her the experienced leader America needs. And you added this, you said that no one is better equipped to repair America's alliances abroad and address the urgent needs of our communities at home. No one is better equipped. Is that still true today?

O'MALLEY; Well, I certainly believed that for those times, that she would be the best choice for us as a country.

STEPHANOPOULOS: For those times?

O'MALLEY: For those times.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Not now?

O'MALLEY: I believe that there are new perspectives that are needed in order for us to solve the problems that we face as Americans and also the problems that we face as people on this planet. And I believe that new perspective and new leadership is needed.

But more important than that, George, the two phrases I'm struck with all over the country are the phrases that people come up and say to me in every state, which is we need people who know how to get things done and we need new leadership.

STEPHANOPOULOS: What I'm struck by...

O'MALLEY: And that's what I'm hearing.

STEPHANOPOULOS: ...that sounds like you just announced for president right here. You said that we need new perspectives, new leadership. You're ready to challenge her, aren't you?

O'MALLEY: Well, I think that our country always benefits from new leadership and new perspectives. Let's be honest here, the presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families, it is an awesome and sacred trust that to be earned, and exercised on behalf of the American people.

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