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O'Malley Needs 'Reflection Time' Before Committing To Presidential Run

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Martin O'Malley's name has been mentioned in the second tier of potential Democratic Presidential nominees for 2016.
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Martin O'Malley's name has been mentioned in the second tier of potential Democratic Presidential nominees for 2016.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is dropping more hints about whether he will run for president in 2016.

During a state trade mission to Israel and Jordan, O'Malley told reporters today he will likely make a decision on whether he will seek the Democratic nomination for president later this year.

In Jerusalem, O'Malley said he is currently undecided but intends to dedicate "reflection time" during the latter half of this year on whether he will undertake a run for the White House.

The governor is routinely named as a possible candidate for Democrats in 2016, along with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, vice president Joe Biden, and New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

His national profile is beneath that trio, but O'Malley's successes in getting progressive measures passed in Maryland like same-sex marriage, strict handgun licensing requirements, and a repeal of the death penalty could help him in Democratic primaries in 2016, as well as his time heading the Democratic Governor's Association, where he raised money for Democratic gubernatorial candidates across the country.

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