By Pat Warren

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Hillary Clinton’s testimony at the Benghazi hearing has renewed interest in whether she will run for president in 2016.

Pat Warren reports talk is turning to other possible candidates, including Governor O’Malley.

Out of inauguration and into speculation. What does Hillary Clinton’s political fire and Vice President Joe Biden’s political office mean for Martin O’Malley’s chances of winning a presidential nomination?

“The future we seek is not a future of less opportunity. It is a future of more opportunity, more opportunity for all Americans,” O’Malley said.

During the Benghazi hearings Wednesday, Senate Democrats praised Hillary Clinton and encouraged her political future. New Hampshire Senator Lou D’Allesandro sees Vice President Joe Biden positioning for a run.

“I don’t think there’s any question he’ll be a contender,” D’Allesandro said.

Which leaves others–including Governors Cuomo and O’Malley–on a second tier.

“Biden and Clinton are in a much different category than Cuomo and O’Malley,” he said.

A new Gonzales Research poll asks Marylanders: Do you think Governor Martin O’Malley should run for president, or not? Twenty-five percent say he should run, 58 percent say he should not run.

“He’s a good guy. I voted for him, but I’m not sure we can’t do better,” a voter said.

About 17% are not sure and publicly, at least, the governor is one of them.

Vic Carter: “What’s next for Martin O’Malley after the governorship?”
Gov. O’Malley: “I don’t know and it’s kind of nice not to know.”

That interview was with Vic Carter a year ago, and he’s given no more definite answer to date. But there’s no doubt that the governor is in the national political spotlight and likely to stay there. It’s not for no reason. His name comes up every time there’s speculation about 2016.

O’Malley would not comment on the poll.


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