“People in those early states take their vote very, very seriously,” O’Malley said. “They consider themselves to be the talent scouts, if you will, in making that first decision about what our choices are.”
“But our history as a party is one of always wanting to have a robust discussion about the better choices that will give our kids a better future,” he said. “Most years, there’s the inevitable frontrunner, and that inevitable frontrunner is inevitable right up until he or she is no longer inevitable.”
He added: “I think that any of us in the Democratic party who feel we have a track record of executive experience, getting things done, and a better framework for the future, should offer ourselves in service, and then we should trust the good judgment and the intelligence of the American people.”
O’Malley has said he plans to make a decision by this spring on whether to move forward with a White House bid. He is maintaining a travel schedule consistent with that of a serious candidate. In recent weeks, O’Malley has visited South Carolina and New Hampshire. Next week he plans to be in Iowa.