- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has declared free Wi-Fi to be a new “human right,” part of his outreach to young voters as prepares a 2016 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“Younger people are choosing to live in cities. They realize that connections to each other are making us better — that Wi-Fi is a human right,” Mr. O’Malley told CNN.

Mr. O’Malley, 51, said that the younger generation also recognizes that “proximity is important to entrepreneurship, access to capital and talent and diversity. There is an opportunity there for us as a nation to embrace that new perspective,” he said.

The governor has been aggressively positioning himself for 2016, crisscrossing the country for fundraisers and Democratic Party events. He’s made several trips to Iowa, which holds the country’s first vote in the primary contest.

He has said that he will run regardless of whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets in the race.

Mrs. Clinton, who was also the former first lady and a U.S. senator, is expected to run and is considered the early frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. The prospect of her formidable presence in the campaign has kept most Democrats out of the race.

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