In an interview with NPR, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley fired one of the first shots of his expected run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, labeling Republicans plans for “fixing” the economy “bullsh*t.”
In the interview, to be broadcast on Monday, O’Malley spoke about his impending run for the nomination, stating the case for himself as opposed to prohibitive favorite Hillary Clinton.
O’Malley lightly poked the former New York senator and Secretary of State over some of her positions, saying he was glad she “came around.”
“I’m glad she’s come around to those positions on the issue of marriage equality, which we passed in Maryland,” O’Malley said. “I’m glad she’s come around to the issue of drivers licenses for new American immigrants so that they can obey the rules of the road. This was something we did also in Maryland. So I’m glad she’s come around to those positions.”
Turning his guns on the general election opposition, O’Malley unloaded on the growing Republican field, mocking recently announced candidate Marco Rubio’s assertion that reducing regulations would somehow reduce economic inequality.
“Our tax code’s been turned into Swiss cheese,” O’Malley said. “And, certainly, the concentrated wealth and accumulated power and the systematic deregulation of Wall Street has led to this situation where the economy isn’t working for us. All of that is true. But it is not true that regulation holds poor people down or regulation keeps middle class from advancing. That’s kind of patently bullsh*t.”