Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is Laying the Foundation for a Presidential Run in 2016

Maryland Gov. Martin O' Malley said he would make a good President 'for these times especially.' (HANDOUT/GETTY IMAGES)
Maryland Gov. Martin O’ Malley said he would make a good President ‘for these times especially.’ (HANDOUT/GETTY IMAGES)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley — who’s made little secret of the fact he’s considering a 2016 White House bid — suggested over the weekend that he won’t wait to see whether Hillary Clinton enters the race to launch his own campaign.

O’Malley, a popular blue-state Democrat with little national visibility, told the Washington Post Saturday that he has been meeting with policy experts, on both domestic and international issues, to develop a platform that would provide a “better way forward for our country.”

O’Malley, 51, added that he felt he would be a good President, “for these times especially.”

In making his most direct comments to date regarding a potential 2016 bid, the Maryland pol also addressed how his own consideration of a run may intersect with Hillary Clinton’s plans.

“I have a great deal of respect for Hillary Clinton,” O’Malley said. “But for my own part, I have a responsibility to prepare and to address the things that I feel a responsibility to address.”

“To squander this important period of preparation because of horse-race concerns and handicapping concerns is just not a very productive use of energy,” he added, suggesting he won’t wait for Clinton to made a decision before he makes his own. “Right now, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing — the thought work and the preparation work.”

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