Fmr. Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-Michigan) delivered a not-so veiled threat to Democratic presidential hopeful and probable Hillary Clinton opponent Martin O'Malley on Sunday's broadcast of ABC's This Week. Granholm, a senior adviser to the Ready For Hillary PAC, warned the former governor of Maryland that he "better watch it."
"Martin O'Malley, I mean he's a very nice guy, and, you know, I was thinking that he might make a nice member of a President Clinton administration," Granholm said. "So he'd better watch it."
STEPHANOPOULOS: OK, I want to move on to politics right now, because, as I said, I was surprised by Martin O'Malley, Matthew Dowd. It sure sounded like Hillary Clinton has her -- her first challenger, first close to official challenger in the race right now.
MATTHEW DOWD, ABC NEWS POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, if -- it finally made sense to me that somebody is finally kind of get -- having an edge in their conversation as a Democrat related to Hillary Clinton.
To me, I still think Hillary Clinton is extremely vulnerable in this country right now, whether it's the general election or the primary. And everything over the last two or three weeks in watching the nature of her campaign and the nature of her response would mean it would encourage somebody like Martin O'Malley or Elizabeth Warren to make, actually, steps forward and really see if they can beat her.
STEPHANOPOULOS: What do you think, Governor Granholm?
JENNIFER GRANHOLM, SENIOR ADVISER, READY FOR HILLARY PAC: I think, first of all, she said she welcomes a primary. And Martin O'Malley, he's...
STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you think she means it?
GRANHOLM: I don't think...
GRANHOLM: -- she means that...
DOWD: Is that like inviting your uncle over...
DOWD: -- when you don't really want him to come?
GRANHOLM: She is comfortable enough to be able to withstand a primary. And Martin O'Malley, I mean he's a very nice guy, and, you know, I was thinking that he might make a nice member of a President Clinton administration. So he'd better watch it.
But anyway, I think that he -- he and anybody else, she would welcome into the mix. And that would be healthy.
But I also think that ultimately, she will be the next president.