Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has finally found his voice during this bizarre 2016 election season. O'Malley's closing remarks of the second Democratic debate were oozing with presidential charm. His performance Saturday night proved that maybe Democrats shouldn't underestimate the under-the-radar candidate.
In his closing remarks, O'Malley, who's been greatly overshadowed by his two challengers in the polls, reiterated his earlier remarks about how America must avoid ill-advised intervention in foreign affairs and follow American principles both here at home and abroad:
John, thank you, and to all of the people in Iowa, for the role you have performed in this presidential selection process. If you believe that our country's problems and the threats that we face in this world can only be met with new thinking, new and fresh approaches, then I ask you to join my campaign. Go on to martinomalley.com. No hour is too short, no dollar too small. If you -- we will not solve our nation's problems by resorting to the divisive ideologies of our past, or by returning to polarizing figures from our past.
We are at the threshold of a new era of American progress, but it's going to require that we act as Americans, based on our principles, here at home, making an economy that works for all of us. And, also, acting according to our principles and constructing a new foreign policy of engagement and collaboration, and doing a much better job of identifying threats before they back up into military corners.
There is no challenge too great for the United States to confront, provided we have the ability and the courage to put forward new leadership that can move us to those better and safer and more prosperous days. I need your help. Thank you very, very much.
Were his remarks a little thirsty? Sure, but what else do except from the candidate who's struggling to stay afloat. O'Malley has just a 2.7 percent nationwide polling average, according to Real Clear Politics. In Iowa, where Saturday's debate was held, O'Malley is currently polling at an average 4.5 percent.
Perhaps O'Malley's plea for viewers to check out his website is warranted; after all, the former Maryland governor seemed to reach the highest point of his 2016 campaign thus far. This may not be enough, of course, for O'Malley to overtake front-runner Clinton, but one thing's for certain: he's still in the presidential running.