Martin O’Malley says the Democratic Party was undemocratic in limiting the number of debates in an effort to “circle the wagons around the front-runner,” Hillary Clinton.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, O’Malley argued, “We can’t be this dissatisfied about our national politics and an economy where most of us are working harder but not getting ahead and think that a resort to old names or old ideologies are going to move us forward.”
MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart asked O’Malley why, as “the only one who has actually done things” he is in third place, instead of first. O’Malley explained because Democratic Party sup up an “an undemocratic effort to limit debates and circle the wagons around the front runner.”
O’Malley claimed, “We were late in starting our debates.”
Jonathan Capehart: But, governor, it’s not just policy positions. Of all the people on the stage in Las Vegas and in the next debate coming up, you’re the only one who has actually done things. You rattled off some of these, but marriage equality, you put some skin in the game. Gun control, you passed and signed legislation. You raised the minimum wage, and all these issues where the Democratic Party is, where the base is, you haven’t just talked about it, you’ve done it. So were why are you in third place and not first?
Martin O’Malley: Because last time, this time around we had had nine debates in the Democratic party and this time in an undemocratic effort to limit debates and circle the wagons around the front-runner, we were late in starting our debates. But we’re making up for that ground, because we had record viewership in the first debate. And I think you’re going to see record viewership in the second debate, because our country is looking for new leadership. We can’t be this dissatisfied about our national politics and an economy where most of us are working harder and getting ahead and think that a resort to old names or old ideologies are going to move us forward.