Gov. Martin O’Malley Says ‘New Leadership’ Needed to Rein in Wall Street

31 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Martin O’Malley Uses Goldman Sachs to Hit Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.

During his campaign kickoff Saturday, O’Malley referenced reports that Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein had told employees that he would be happy if either Bush or Clinton were elected. “I bet he would,” O’Malley said during his announcement in Baltimore, Maryland. “Well, I’ve got news for the bullies of Wall Street.

That line of attack highlights what is likely to be O’Malley’s strategy to try and upset a heavily-favored Clinton—positioning of her as no different from the more moderate Republican candidates. “Sure I see differences, but one of the most important differences when it comes to reining in Wall Street is who’s on our side,” O’Malley said. “I have the independence. She will run her own campaign and I will run mine,” O’Malley said on ABC’s “This Week,” his first major television appearance since launching a long shot campaign for president against Clinton the day before. “I can tell you this. I am not beholden to Wall Street interests,” he said. “There are not Wall Street CEOs banging down my door and trying to participate or help my campaign.” Among the most noteworthy lines from O’Malley’s announcement address is Federal Hill Park on Saturday was the suggestion that Wall Street did not see a significant difference between Clinton and presumed GOP candidate Jeb Bush.

Pressed on whether he thought there would be a difference between a Bush and Clinton White House on Wall Street regulation, O’Malley said he believed there would be differences but did not elaborate. “Do I see a difference? Another presidential candidate with Maryland ties, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson, suggested he does not agree with fellow candidate GOP Rand Paul’s efforts to let the Patriot Act expire. “No, Carson responded. “The data is already collected. Carson also won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference on May 23. “Whether I’m a front-runner or not doesn’t matter,” Carson said. “What matters is that the people themselves are starting to listen and evaluate for themselves rather than listening to what people say I said and what people say that I meant. “

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