Whose Campaign is it Anyway: Martin O’Malley

Ian Leonard

Party: Democrat

Current Position: Former Governor of Maryland

Polling Percentage: 2% According to CNN

According to O’Malley’s campaign site, his policies will focus on many current hot topic issues in America today. He is dedicated to raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and the threshold for overtime pay to $1,000 a week. He also apparently plans on “bringing accountability to Wall Street” and apparently plans on accomplishing this by reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this legislation, it was created in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash and separated the investment and commercial banking industries, and was repealed in 1999.

O’Malley is also an advocate of “expanding equality of opportunity for the next generation” His site describes this as providing universal access to safe and affordable childcare, and making pre-K a requirement. He also expresses his desires to make college debt free, and to “modernize” high school, which would entail encouraging students to graduate with either at least a year of college credit, an apprenticeship, or a certificate of credential for a high paying, high skill career. O’Malley’s campaign site also convey their ambitions to support women and families, eliminate poverty barriers, and reform our current immigration system, to name a few.

O’Malley has also made clear his eagerness to engage in debate with his fellow democratic nominees. He has slammed fellow candidate Hilary Clinton for not participating in debates, and criticized the Democratic National Convention for the relatively low amount of debates scheduled before the primaries in February. He has even gone as far as to challenge his fellow party members to non-DNC sanctioned debates and joined the over 300,000 activists who are currently petitioning for Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, to moderate a presidential debate in 2016.

If you are interested in learning more about O’Malley and his bid for the democratic nomination, you can visit: https://martinomalley.com/