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O'Malley is thought to harbor presidential aspirations, and his speech in the first-in-the-nation primary state did little to quiet those rumors.
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O'Malley is thought to harbor presidential aspirations, and his speech in the first-in-the-nation primary state did little to quiet those rumors.

Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley was turning heads this weekend when he gave a high profile speech in New Hampshire.

We're years away from the next presidential primary, but pundits still take note of who's giving speeches in the first-in-the-nation primary state. O'Malley's address to Democratic voters didn't do much to quiet speculation he's planning a presidential bid.

"It is a great honor to be with you all here in the Granite State. A place that is very special to me and also very special to the people of our country — really a bedrock state in more ways than one," he said during the speech.

O'Malley touted his time as mayor of Baltimore and now as governor to paint himself as a reformer. He also railed against the agenda of Tea Party Republicans.

"We cannot allow ourselves to become the first generation of Americans to give our children with less. This is not a matter of wishing and hoping. It's a matter of believing and taking action," he said.

But is O'Malley yet a presidential contender? New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne was just glad he was helping her fundraise.

"I think it's way early to be talking about 2016," she said.

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