- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Monday called the Republican Party’s economic agenda “bull****” and suggested that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sets her agenda based on polls.

Mr. O’Malley, who is considering a Democratic run for president, said he could not find “any truth” in Republican arguments that excessive federal regulations were holding back poor and middle-class families from economic advancement.

“It is not true that regulation holds poor people down or regulation keeps middle class from advancing. That’s kind of patently bull****,” he said on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

Mr. O’Malley has tried to position himself to the left of Mrs. Clinton and offered up a liberal remedy for the country’s economic malaise.

“We have to raise the minimum wage. We have to raise the threshold for overtime pay. We should make it easier, not harder, for people to join labor unions and bargain collectively,” he said. “We should pass immigration reform. And … we should also expand Social Security benefits. These are all of the things, and there are others that we must do to restore some consumer demand in our economy.”

Mr. O’Malley’s use of colorful language to attack Republicans drew widespread media coverage, and the former governor basked in the attention.

His campaign sent an email to supporters touting the interview with the message line: “Yeah, I said it.”

“Republicans are out there feeding us the same tired logic that what’s good for the top 1% of Americans is good for our country,” he said tin the email. “Let’s be real and call it what it is. That’s what I did on NPR this morning.”

The email included a link to a website for Mr. O’Malley’s super PAC that showcased an audio file of the interview and a solicitation to sign-up on a database as a supporter of his remarks.

In the radio interview, he also took a swipe at Mrs. Clinton, the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination, for her recent shifts in support of gay marriage and driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, as well as on other hot-button issues.

Mr. O’Malley suggested that Mrs. Clinton’s views were shaped by polling not principals.

“Do we have the ability as a party to lead by our principles or are we going to conduct polls every time we try to determine where the middle is on any given day,” he said when discussing Mrs. Clinton’s evolving political views.

“I have had a history as a leader of doing things that very often times are unpopular, considered in a singular way, but collectively have made my state a better and stronger place, have contributed to a common good, have put into law and into action the belief we share in the dignity of every individual,” he said. “I believe that we govern best as a party, and we campaign best as a party when we campaign and we govern from our principles rather than from polls.”

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