Democratic Maryland Gov. and potential presidential nominee Martin O’Malley said on ABC’s “This Week” the presidency could benefit from new leadership, and isn’t a “crown” passed between “two families.” (RELATED: Former Clinton Spokesman Stephanopoulos To Interview O’Malley)
O’MALLEY: Well, I think our country always benefits from new leadership and new perspectives. Let’s be honest here, the presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families. It is an awesome and sacred trust that is to be earned and exercised on behalf of the American people.
HOST GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Those two families Bush and Clinton?
O’MALLEY: Right now, George, you know — any two families. But look, in order for us to make an economy again where people can work hard and get ahead, we need a president on our side, a president willing to take on powerful, wealthy, special interests in order to restore the American economy that wherever you start on the earning spectrum, you can get ahead through your hard work. That’s not the economy we have today: 12 years in a row of wages declining. And it doesn’t have to be this way.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And Hillary Clinton is not the candidate to take on the powerful special interests?
O’MALLEY: Well, I don’t know. I don’t know where she stands. Will she represent a break with the failed policies of the past? I don’t know.