Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) says his low standing in early 2016 presidential polls “doesn’t terribly worry me.”
The governor, who is preparing for a possible White House bid, was asked during an appearance on the Fusion television network about a recent CNN poll that showed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the favorite among Democrats, with 53 percent, while he was further back in the pack, with 2 percent.
“History’s full of instances where candidates that had 2 percent have nonetheless been able to put forward the best message and the best story for moving our country forward,” O’Malley host Jorge Ramos while a guest on his show, “America.”
The segment, on which O’Malley also discussed Maryland’s response to the wave of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America, aired Tuesday night and was posted online Wednesday.
Ramos asked O’Malley if his standing in the polls worried him.
“It doesn’t terribly worry me,” O’Malley said. “The people in those early states in presidential contests take their franchise very seriously. They get to evaluate every candidate.”
O’Malley recently told The Washington Post that he will “probably” make a decision about whether to move forward with a presidential bid by the time his tenure as governor ends on Jan. 21.
The Fusion network, which launched last year, is a a joint venture between the Disney-ABC Television Group and Univision Communications.