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Martin O'Malley, The Clinton Stopper?

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by CometsWin, May 30, 2015.

  1. CometsWin

    CometsWin Breaker Breaker One Nine

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    This should be interesting. I can't wait to see O'Malley and Bernie debating Clinton.

    With tough words for Wall St, O'Malley launches White House bid
    http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/05/30/usa-election-o-malley-idINKBN0OF0NV20150530

    Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley blasted social injustice and Wall Street excesses as he launched a White House bid on Saturday, casting himself as a younger, more liberal alternative to Democratic Party frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

    "Powerful, wealthy special interests here at home have used our government to create, in our own country, an economy that is leaving a majority of our people behind," said O'Malley, opening his 2016 presidential campaign with a rally at a waterfront park in downtown Baltimore.

    O'Malley, who has aggressively courted his party's liberal wing, began his political career in Baltimore, first as a member of city council and then as mayor.

    Decrying big banks as having been behind the financial crisis of 2008, O'Malley singled out Goldman Sachs for particular criticism. He said Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein recently told his employees that "he'd be just fine" with either Republican Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton as president after the November 2016 election.

    "Well, I've got news for the bullies of Wall Street," O'Malley said. "The presidency is not a crown to be passed back and forth by you between two royal families."

    Hillary Clinton is the wife of former President Bill Clinton while Jeb Bush, who has not yet formally announced his candidacy but is already considered a leading contender among Republican hopefuls, is son and brother of former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

    Signs at O'Malley's rally promised he would provide "new leadership," but in fact he faces an uphill battle against former secretary of state Clinton, who consistently tops opinion polls to be the party's nominee, and who enjoys national name recognition.

    Beth Whitmer, a 62-year-old Baltimore resident who called herself a social liberal, said she felt she knows Clinton's stances better than O'Malley's.

    "I would've liked it to have been a little fuller," she said of the speech.

    O'Malley now goes on to campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire, the states holding the earliest party nominating contests.

    O'Malley, 52, joins a short list of candidates for the Democratic nomination. Alongside Clinton, 69, only Vermont's independent Senator Bernie Sanders has entered the race, and he is viewed as having a marginal shot at success.

    So far, eight Republicans are officially competing for their party's nomination, with more likely candidates waiting in the wings.

    "Welcome to the race, Gov. O'Malley. Looking forward to discussing strong families and communities. -H," Clinton tweeted soon after the rally.

    CAMPAIGN LAUNCH IN TROUBLED CITY

    O'Malley launched his campaign at an uneasy time for Baltimore, which was rocked by riots last month over the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man, from injuries sustained while in police custody. Many residents have said the former mayor's "zero tolerance" crime policies led to increased police brutality.

    O'Malley cast the violence in economic terms, saying rioting "was not only about race, not only about policing in America."

    "Conditions of extreme and growing poverty, create conditions for extreme violence," he said.


    Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group trying to push Democratic candidates to the left, praised his speech, saying he was so far "the only candidate to be outspoken about accountability for Wall Street bankers who committed crimes and crashed our economy."

    O'Malley honed his liberal credentials over two four-year terms as governor of a state with a long history of voting for Democratic presidential nominees.

    He signed legislation that raised Maryland's minimum wage, repealed the death penalty for future offenders, legalized same-sex marriage, and granted in-state tuition rates for undocumented immigrants attending Maryland's universities.

    He was born in Washington, D.C., and raised there and in Maryland. He attended the Catholic University of America in Washington and received his law degree from the University of Maryland. He lives in Maryland with his wife, a judge, and their four children.
     
  2. peleincubus

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    it's entirely depressing that bush and clinton are running against each other.

    one day down the road when it is looked back at in history it will be a joke that keeps on giving. i hope they both lose somehow.
     
  3. Mr. Clutch

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    Is this the idiot who ruined Baltimore?
     
  4. HI Mana

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    Primary inspiration for Tommy Carcetti from the Wire; O'Malley hated it with a passion.

    Honestly, the number of people who have watched The Wire and who actually vote in the Democratic primary, especially in the critical early states, is probably infinitesimally small.

    But if you've ever watched either The Wire, it's incredibly hard to not hear Carcetti's voice when you read articles like this one:

     
  5. Mr. Clutch

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    I just finished season 2 of the wire
     
  6. CometsWin

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    Since when did you care about Baltimore? I'm certain O'Malley didnt outsource all of Maryland's manufacturing jobs.
     
  7. Sweet Lou 4 2

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    O'Malley was a cop?
     
  8. Mr. Clutch

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    Guys, the mayor selects the police commissioner.
     
  9. Mr. Clutch

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    Since the Astros moved to the al.

    And that's true of many American cities.
     
  10. Sweet Lou 4 2

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    O'Malley didn't select the current police commissioner. Why are you being such a partisan hack?
     
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    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_O%27Malley

    While running for governor in 2006, O'Malley said violent crime in Baltimore declined 37% while he was mayor. That statistic came from an audit of crime that used questionable methodology and became the subject of controversy; O'Malley was accused by both his Democratic primary opponent Doug Duncan and his Republican opponent Gov. Bob Ehrlich of manipulating statistics to make false claims. The Washington Post wrote at the time that "no evidence has surfaced of a systemic manipulation of crime statistics," but that "there is no quick or definitive way for O'Malley to prove his numbers are right."[30]
     
  12. Major

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    It's not necessarily partisan. O'Malley's relationship with Baltimore is rocky at best.

    http://time.com/3902555/martin-omalley-campaign-baltimore/


    His aggressive policing policies in Baltimore have earned him a mixed reputation in the city, especially among the non-privileged. While crime rates in Baltimore dropped by over 40% when he was mayor, clearing the way for some economic revitalization, police-community relationships worsened during his tenure by some accounts. The more than 100,000 arrests in 2005 during his second-to-last year as mayor led to a lawsuit by the ACLU and an $870,000 settlement with the city. Years later, Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of the Baltimore Police unleashed a wave of rioting, and many blamed the former mayor’s policies.

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    Whatever the reasons for the riots, the unrest has shaken some of O’Malley’s support in his home base.

    “Had the riots not happened, O’Malley would have been a golden boy and an adopted black son,” said Rev. Ron Owens, a prominent black Baltimore minister who helped organize the funeral for Freddie Gray. “He had a ‘black card,’ and it was taken from him.”

    “I don’t know what could possibly be his platform,” said Rev. Jamal Bryant, another influential Baltimore minister. “The schools are in disrepair, he is the father of mass incarceration in Baltimore city, and there was no great economic upswing for minorities during his time.”
     
  13. Cohete Rojo

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    O'Malley broke Freddy Gray's neck?
     
  14. Mr. Clutch

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    The culture he helped create did
     
  15. Cohete Rojo

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    Go on...
     
  16. Major

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    I don't even know what you're asking. Is physically breaking his neck the only reason anyone in Baltimore would have a problem with him? :confused:
     
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    All I remember from my time living there was that he was against casinos in Maryland, then after years of the public and legislature being for it up there, he switched sides and claimed credit for help bringing casinos to Maryland. Oh yeah, and Maryland didn't have competitive gubernatorial elections.
     
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    Thanks for sharing this.
     
  19. Cohete Rojo

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    I thought I responded with like-minded rhetoric. How many people have said Gray's death and the riots are a result of O'Malley's policies? The article which you posted makes this claim. You shared it in this thread. You even took the effort to copy and paste those claims. Yet, the article does not say who is making these claims.

    Source?
     

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