- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said he is “seriously considering” a run for president in 2016, and that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s plans have no bearing on his decision.

“I’m seriously considering it,” the Democrat told the Los Angeles Times after a speech to party activists in Des Moines.

Asked why he thinks he would make a good president, Mr. O’Malley said that in his six years as governor, he’s been able to bring people together “in a fundamentally newer, more modern, more collaborative way to achieve important things.”

“I look at the challenges we face as a country and I look at my own service, I ask the question as to whether or not our country can do better and whether I can help us do better. And so that’s where I’m at right now,” he told the Times.

“To what extent will your decision be predicated on what Hillary Clinton does or does not do?” Times reporter Mark Z. Barabak asked Mr. O’Malley.

“It’s not at all at this point,” the governor replied.

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