Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD)
Truman National Security Project - Center for National Policy TruCon15 Conference
Washington, DC
June 26, 2015

[prepared remarks]


Thank you for having me here today. 

For more than a decade, the Truman National Security Project has been at the forefront of nurturing a new generation of leaders in foreign policy and national security. 

From military bases in San Diego to federal agencies in Washington, you are not only advocating for a strong, smart, principled approach to international affairs—you are taking action, every day. 

Through Operation Free, you are mobilizing a coalition of veterans, activists, and experts who know our reliance on fossil fuels threatens the security of our country. 

Through No Exceptions, you are working to make sure that our military recruits the most talented Americans—regardless of gender.

And through the Frontline Civilians Initiative, you are supporting the diplomats, journalists, NGO workers and development professionals who are not in uniform, but who nonetheless put their lives on the line to alleviate human suffering.

Thanks to all of you, the Truman Project has emerged as a valuable source of ideas on the toughest challenges facing our nation today.

And we need those bold ideas now, more than ever.


America's role in the world is to advance the cause of a rising global middle class— free from oppression, free from want, free from fear.

But after twelve years on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan…

….and after a global financial crisis and long recession that our people are still struggling to recover from…

…it is understandable that many Americans would like to disengage from the world. 

Understandable, but not responsible.

Because our country's security—and our children's prosperity—demand that we be more engaged with the world around us, not less.

We do this primarily by making our nation more prosperous and secure here at home.

And we do this by exercising our economic, diplomatic, military, and healing power around the world, in ways that are consistent with our moral principles.

In essence:

We must create a more far-sighted and a more pro-active foreign policy—based on engagement and collaboration, rather than going it alone. 

And we must construct a new framework for our national security strategy, focused on the reduction of threats.

Today’s challenges defy easy solutions. We may have the most sophisticated military in history, but we do not have a silver bullet.

This morning, I want to share a vision for a more agile, innovative, and forward-thinking approach, one that will enable us to master the challenges of our times—rather than falling victim to them.

My purpose here today is not to offer soundbite solutions to a laundry list of crises.

My purpose here today is to lay out a long-term framework for pursuing our national interests in a fast-changing world.  


A little bit of important history. 

As America and her allies brought World War II to a close, a plain-spoken man named Harry Truman became our President. 

Having fought in the First World War, Truman knew something about courage, about service, and about sacrifice.

It was Truman who concluded World War II.  

It was Truman who brought forward the Marshall Plan that would turn our former enemies into democratic allies. 

It was Truman who led the United States to recognize Israel immediately upon her founding. 

And it was Truman who crafted and signed into law the National Security Act of 1947— the most lasting overhaul of our National Security strategies and institutions.

We must take the broader lessons of what worked in Truman’s day—and apply them to the emerging threats of our own time. 

Because today, we face an equally daunting array of threats.

These threats are much different and far more complex than those of the 1990’s.

Violent extremism. Nuclear proliferation. Pandemics. Cyber-attacks. 

Rising inequality. Failed nation-states. The mega-droughts, famines, and floods caused by climate change.

And more refugees than at any time since World War II. 

It is time for a New National Security Act—one focused on the reduction of threats like these.


Understanding precedes action. 

To understand, we must ask the right questions.

Among them: 

How do we balance the use of our military, diplomatic, and economic tools to advance our national interests, in ways that are consistent with our most deeply held American values?

What enhanced roles might institutions like the Defense Threat Reduction Agency or the Centers for Disease Control play in looking over the horizon—to alert us earlier to emerging threats? 

What are the forward-looking investments and new alliances we can make—with other nations—that will stem the root causes of instability?

And how can we best prepare to defend ourselves from our enemies—while doing all we can to prevent conflict in the first place?  


The first and foremost responsibility of the President of the United States is to protect the American people.

Today, this means transforming our military’s force structure to focus on 21st-century challenges.
It means protecting our privacy and our security at the same time.

It means reducing security threats not only with better technology, but with better human intelligence. 

It means transforming the way we partner with the private sector and civil society—harnessing the energy and talents of the American people to advance our values.

It means joining with allies to deploy renewable energy technologies—both at home and around the world—to confront the very real and present danger of potentially irreversible climate change. 

It means understanding that comprehensive immigration reform is both an economic and a national security imperative. 

It means protecting the United States from cyber attacks on the digital battlefields of servers and smartphones.

It means re-thinking how we deal with nations like Russia and China—which are neither trusted allies nor total adversaries.

It means forging a New Alliance for Progress right here in our own American hemisphere, which we have under-valued and neglected for far too long.

And it means forming regional partnerships to address emerging threats—in places like the South China Sea, the Arctic, and the sea lanes of the Middle East.

There is urgent work to be done. 


Nowhere is this more collaborative approach more important than in confronting the growing and immediate challenge of severe climate change.

For years, the Pentagon has recognized global warming as an urgent national security threat. 

Your organization’s leader—former Army Captain Mike Breen—put it best at a recent Congressional hearing, when he said:

“Over 97 percent of climate scientists say that man-made climate change is a reality.” 

“As a combat leader, if 97 percent of my intelligence indicated that I was about to face a lethal danger that would risk the lives of my paratroopers—I would be committing unconscionable malpractice if I did not listen and act."

Mike is right. 

The energy technologies needed to combat climate change exist today—it’s only the political will that is lacking.

America can, and must, lead the way—by pursuing an ambitious plan to ensure our country is powered 100 percent by clean energy, by 2050. 

Climate change is not only a very real existential threat to human life, it is also the greatest business opportunity to come to our country in a hundred years. 

We must seize this opportunity by creating an American Green Jobs Agenda that is a match for the climate challenge.

We need to invest in resilience—from the Jersey Shore to California’s Central Valley.

We need to spur innovation—to develop cutting-edge technologies that will create jobs at home, and unlock new markets abroad. 

We need to embrace new ideas at the state level, as we have in Maryland— where, in just eight years, we increased renewable energy capacity by 57 percent, became a clean-tech jobs hub, and cut carbon emissions by 10 percent.

America’s leadership and example are essential. 

Because climate change is a global challenge—with global consequences. It is the transformation that transforms everything.  

And by confronting this challenge, we can realize global economic opportunities—and job opportunities—for the United States.

We must partner with emerging markets, in our own hemisphere and beyond, to distribute renewable energy solutions and green design.

We must aggressively push for global emissions agreements in venues like the upcoming UN climate summit in Paris. 

And we must seed, scale, and deploy American-made renewable energy technologies throughout the world. 

To reduce mankind's carbon footprint.

To preserve the living systems of this earth—for ourselves and our posterity.


Like climate change, trade is a global challenge. And it also has global consequences.

In our closely connected world, prosperity is not a zero-sum game. 

While the cause of a rising global middle class is vital to our long-term economic and national security, our power is grounded in the strength, here at home, of our own middle class.  

What gain for the United States can be found in secret trade deals that fast track the export of American jobs, and undermine wages for American workers? 

Trade deals that raise standards for workers and the environment are good for the United States. 

Trade deals that lower standards for workers and the environment are bad for the United States.

This is not a call for protectionism. 

It is a call for fair competition—the kind that is consistent with our most deeply held American values. 

The national interest of the People of the United States of America is not measured by the bottom-line profits of multi-national corporations—however large. 

No nation ever off-shored its way to greatness. 

To rebuild the American Dream, we must stop making it easier to ship American jobs abroad and start making better investments to grow our economy, here at home.


One such investment is cybersecurity— a new domain that is both an emerging opportunity and an emerging challenge to every facet of our society.

For centuries, nation-states sought to protect themselves from attacks by land and sea. And later, from attacks by air. 

Now, in the information age, we must move to defend ourselves—and our economy—from attacks carried out through the Internet.

Last year, global cyberattacks jumped by nearly 50 percent. 

Stolen intellectual property and other opportunities lost to cybercrime could cost us as many as 200,000 American jobs annually.

And our critical infrastructure remains extremely vulnerable to hackers.

Nuclear power plants, public transportation, air traffic control, water systems, and even the electric grid itself—all are in danger of being shut down with a few lines of malicious code.

The harm would extend far beyond just the loss of our personal data—it could grind our national and metro economies to a halt.

We must develop and follow-through on a comprehensive new agenda for cybersecurity that protects every level of our society.

To accomplish this goal, we must harness the skills of American engineers, designers, and scholars—from Silicon Valley to Fort Meade—to secure our networks.

And we must empower our National Guard with a new mission—the mission of protecting our cyber-networks in the Homeland—on a state-by-state level. 

I have seen this need firsthand.

As the President's appointed co-chair of the Council of Governors—a group charged by an Act of Congress to work with the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security—I advocated for a new national initiative to recruit, equip, and train cybersecurity units in every state’s National Guard.

These are highly-paid skills in the private sector. 

And the quickest and most cost-effective way to stand up this capacity is in the citizen-soldier context of every state’s National Guard.

Furthermore, National Guard Cyber Units are best suited under our Constitution for the Homeland mission of collaborating with public and private sector partners to protect vital networks.


Like cybersecurity, sustainable development is a national security imperative. It requires a long-term commitment to advance the cause of a rising global middle class. 

This is not a fanciful dream. Hard-won progress is being made.

Inspired by the Millennium Development Goals, the United States—in partnership with the global community—has cut extreme poverty and child deaths in half over the past 25 years: one of the greatest measurable leaps ever achieved in human prosperity and health.

And yet, still more than a billion people in Asia, Africa and Latin America live on less than $1.25 a day—all of them vulnerable to the scourge of extreme poverty and violent extremism.

Is it any surprise that, in Liberia—a country with just one medical school and meager hospital supplies—more than 10,000 people were infected with Ebola?

Is it any surprise that, in Honduras—a country with the world’s highest murder rate and the most brutal drug trafficking—that thousands of people have fled for their lives, in our own hemisphere?

Our leadership—in collaboration with other nations—is essential.

To be successful, we must involve more Americans from all walks of life in the cause of development—scientists and students; entrepreneurs and security experts; business executives and urban planners. 

We must better integrate our development and military teams—ensuring that we are tailoring our assistance to get things done within the local culture.

We must support American businesses that project our values in emerging markets. 

We must adequately fund our diplomatic and development agencies—particularly USAID and the State Department.  

And we must achieve the goal of ending extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable child and maternal death—all within the next 15 years.

By promoting open societies—and by protecting the dignity of human lives in fragile states—we not only build the next generation of political and economic partners,… 

…we also reduce the threat of our being drawn into more costly conflicts in the decades to come.

As James Mattis, the former Commander of U.S. Central Command, put it bluntly: “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.”


Development, Defense, and Diplomacy must stand together as equal and essential parts of our national security.

They are also critical in reducing threats in what may be the most volatile and dangerous area in the world today: the Middle East. 

Over these last several years, I have had the opportunity to talk with dozens of patriotic Americans who have given their energies and talents in this troubled region of our world.

I agree with noted national security expert Phil Gordon’s conclusions on our core national interests in the Middle East:

To protect our allies and prevent regional war.

To keep sea lanes open and provide humanitarian assistance.  

To prevent terrorist safe havens. And to prevent nuclear proliferation. 

Indeed, a nuclear-armed Iran is one of the most immediate threats we face. 

I believe negotiations are the best way to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon,…the best way to avoid even greater conflict in the region,...and the best way to stop widespread nuclear proliferation across the Middle East. 

It was for this purpose that the United States forged an unprecedented international partnership—including Russia and China—to apply the strongest set of sanctions Iran has ever faced.  

Those sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table. 

If we reach a verifiable, enforceable agreement that cuts off Iran’s multiple pathways to a weapon—and its ability to sprint to a bomb—Congress would be wise to support it. 

And if Iran is found to be cheating, its leaders must know that we stand ready to reinstate the full array of sanctions that decimated their economy. 


But no threat better illustrates the unintended consequences of a mindless rush to war—and a lack of understanding—than the emergence of ISIS.

Containing, degrading, and defeating ISIS will require an integrated approach—an approach focused not only on military power, but on political solutions.

The invasion of Iraq—along with the subsequent disbanding of the Iraqi military—will be remembered as one of the most tragic, deceitful, and costly blunders in U.S. history. 

We are still paying the price of a war pursued under false pretenses and acquiesced to by "the appalling silence of the good."

In confronting ISIS, we must avoid mission creep—and be mindful that American boots on the ground can be counter-productive to our desired outcome. 

We will not be successful in degrading ISIS if the number of militants taken off the battlefield is exceeded by the number of new recruits replacing them.

But we must also ensure that our partners have what they need to contain, degrade, and ultimately defeat ISIS.

In partnership with other nations in the region and across the world, we must counter ISIS propaganda and use our own communications tools more effectively.  

We must do more to amplify credible, local voices in the region to reveal ISIS for what it is: a gang of murderous thugs who have perverted the name of one of the world’s great religions. 

And we must make every effort to encourage the Iraqi government to govern more inclusively, as they train up a new army with committed leadership, and a will to defend their own country.


Addressing threats like ISIS will require new relationships and better human intelligence. 

This is also true in every other theater of engagement.

There is no substitute for human relationships and the work of patriotic Americans in our foreign service, and our national security agencies.

To succeed in a world of rapid change, we must adapt our national security institutions to better anticipate fast-emerging threats.  

And we must recognize that there are real lessons to be learned from the tragedy in Benghazi:

Namely, we need to know in advance who is likely to take power—or vie for it—once a dictator is toppled.

Twitter and Facebook are no substitute for personal relationships and human intelligence. 

We must recruit and retain a new generation of talented American diplomats.

And we must give them the tools to identify and engage with a new generation of leaders from different walks of life—often in hostile environments where we lack historic ties; where we lack relationships.

That was the work that Ambassador Chris Stevens was about. He gave his life reaching out to those emerging from the rubble of Qaddaffi’s dictatorship.  

In remembering him, his grieving father said: 

“He died doing what he loved most—working to build bridges of understanding and mutual respect between the people of the United States and the people of the Middle East.”

“Chris was successful because he embodied the traits that have always endeared America to the world—a commitment to democratic principles, and respect for others, regardless of race, religion or culture.”


The greatest power we possess as Americans is just that: the power of our principles. 

We project that power around the world primarily through our own example—of the inclusive society and inclusive economy we build here at home. 

The challenges we face today: to rebuild the American Dream at home,…to craft a new foreign policy of engagement and collaboration, refocus our National Security Strategy on 21st century threats,…

...these challenges are all connected, and their pursuits are mutually reinforcing of one another.

But ultimately, the source of America's global strength is our own prosperity at home.  

Our economy isn’t money. Our economy is people—all of our people.

Only with a stronger and more inclusive economy can we maintain our security. 

Only with a stronger and more inclusive American economy, will we succeed in pursuing a more effective foreign policy for the cause that we lead: of a rising global middle class—free from oppression, want, and fear.


In thinking deeply about America’s role in the world, I find myself drawing inspiration from the very troubled world that my parents’ generation tamed, and the planet they saved from the brink of nuclear annihilation.

My parents were born during the Great Depression. They were part of the great generation of Americans that went on to win the Second World Word. 

My dad flew 33 missions over Japan in a B-24 Liberator, and went to college only because of the GI Bill.  Mom flew in the Civil Air Patrol at the age of seventeen. 

They raised their children—the six of us—in a world secured by the sacrifices and the better choices of their generation. 

We must remember the abiding truth of their success—that our strength abroad depends upon our strength at home.   

No fighter jet or troop battalion will keep us as safe as a vibrant economy, a strong democracy, and a growing middle class.

By restoring an American economy that works for ALL of us again,…

….we will make ourselves a more prosperous and a more secure nation. 

We will give our children a future with more opportunity, rather than less.

And we will make our planet a healthier, more peaceful, and more just place for all of humanity.

These are the ambitions worthy of a truly great people. 

This is why I am running for President of the United States.

Thank you. 

RE: Governor O’Malley’s Foreign Policy Keynote at TruCon15 
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Doug Wilson, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor
DATE: June 26, 2015
Today Governor O’Malley will deliver his most comprehensive remarks to date on U.S. foreign policy, national security, and America’s role in the world. 
He will outline a framework for U.S. foreign policy based on reducing new threats to our national security and supporting the rise of a global middle class – both fundamental objectives to keeping America safe and helping to establish stability and prosperity around the world.
The cornerstone of Governor O’Malley’s foreign policy vision is a strong American economy. He believes that American strength in the world requires economic strength at home. That means building a robust American middle class and ensuring that the American Dream is accessible to ALL Americans.
Governor O’Malley will give specific examples of how we can be proactive and farsighted in carrying out our foreign policy and national security objectives.  He will focus on:  
·      Climate change and the related opportunity for the United States to own the future green energy economy; 
·      Cybersecurity;
·      Terrorism and nuclear proliferation;
·      Sustainable development; 
·      Developing new partnerships, particularly in our own hemisphere; and 
·      Adapting our national security institutions and recruiting a new generation of public servants to effectively engage the world.
Governor O’Malley will speak at length about another national security and economic imperative – immigration reform – in the coming weeks.
Background on Governor O’Malley’s foreign policy and national security record in Maryland, and his recent statements on these issues, is below.
Governor O’Malley’s Foreign Policy Vision
O’Malley Called For A New Foreign Policy Focused On Reducing U.S. National Security Threats, Greater Engagement And Collaboration, And Support For A Rising Global Middle Class. "The center of this new strategy must be the reduction of threats. Fast-evolving threats — from violent extremism, pandemic, cyber attacks, nuclear proliferation, nation-state failures, to the drought, famine, and floods of climate change. Together, we must craft a New Foreign Policy of Engagement and Collaboration. We must join with like-minded people around the world — especially with nations here in our own hemisphere — for the cause we share of a rising global middle class. [O’Malley for President, 5/30/15]
O’Malley Said The Most Effective Foreign Policy is One Of Thorough Engagement And Exercising Diplomatic And Economic Power In Accordance With American Values. “I think our most effective foreign policy is a foreign policy of constant engagement around the world, and deploying our considerable diplomatic power, and our economic power, in accordance with our principles.” [Salon, 3/13/15]
O’Malley Called For Proactive U.S. Engagement In Foreign Policy In Order To Avoid Putting Our Troops In Harm’s Way. “I think we do our men and women in the military a tremendous disservice when we ignore problems until the only solution left to us is a military solution.” [Salon, 3/13/15]
O’Malley Said The U.S. Should Stay Very Engaged In The Middle East. “In an interview with Jorge Ramos, O’Malley said the United States should stay ‘very, very engaged’ in the Middle East. ‘I hope our country can be a broker for peace and help bring about a resolution’ to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict O’Malley said.” [Fusion, 9/23/14]
O’Malley Said The “Will Of The World” Is To Have A Good Job. In a speech at Johns Hopkins University, O’Malley said, “As long as the simple human dignity of a decent job remains so elusive for so many of our citizens and citizens of nations the world over, the attainment of our greatest ideals will falter.” [JHU, 2/19/14]
O’Malley Said The Democratic Party Should ‘Become Again The Party Of Security.’ “‘O'Malley said that ‘the biggest strategic mistake we made four years ago was downplaying global security, domestic security.’ ‘I think our party has been running away from security and national security for a couple of decades,’ O'Malley added. ‘We need to become again the party of security.’ But he also said U.S. troops have achieved what has been reasonably asked of them -- including ousting Saddam Hussein -- and that it was time for them to come home.’” [Washington Post, 7/31/07]
Addressing the Most Immediate National Security Threats
O’Malley Said A Nuclear-Armed Iran And Related Violent Extremism Are The Gravest “Man-Made” Threats To American Interests. “The greatest threat that we face right now in terms of man-made threats is a nuclear Iran and related extremist violence. I don't think you can separate the two.” [The Hill, 3/29/15]
O’Malley Said The Best Way To Deal With ISIS Was “To Work In Collaboration And Coalition With The Other Nations Who Are On The Front Line Of This Battle,” And Ground Troops Would “Turn Out To Be Counter-Productive”. O’Malley said the best way to deal with ISIS was to “work in collaboration and coalition with the other nations who are on the front line of this battle.” When asked about U.S. boots on the ground, he said, “I think that will turn out to be counter-productive. The two big recruitment tools that we have given violent extremists are Guantanamo Bay and American boots on the ground. I believe that we should work instead in collaboration with and in cooperation with the other nations, especially of that region.” [Des Moines Register, 3/22/15]
O’Malley Discussed Steps To Defeat ISIL And Linked It To The Iraq War. “We need to continue to work to degrade ISIS, to cut off their funding, to disrupt their propaganda, to contain them, and to do some collaboration with other nations. We are still feeling the repercussions of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. I believe in hindsight and even now most people recognize that, that was a huge blunder in American foreign policy to engage our military there.” [Telemundo, 6/15/15]
O’Malley Said The United States Should Continue To Push For A Two-State Solution. “I think the relationship between the United States and Israel is strong, will remain strong, and must be strong for our own security,” O’Malley said. “But also, we have to continue to wage peace, and in this context, waging peace means pushing for a two-state solution.” [Huffington Post, 3/26/15]
O’Malley Expressed Support For The Current Negotiations With Iran To Prevent Its Ability To Develop A Nuclear Weapon. “I think we should support the president in achieving a negotiated settlement.” [The Hill, 3/29/15]
O’Malley Cautioned Against The Invasion Of Iraq As Mayor Of Baltimore. O’Malley was “the only person who spoke up with any sort of realistic perspective,” who “foresaw the way in which, you know, these dozen plus years later we’d be reckoning with the consequences of an uninvited war.” [The Atlantic, 5/7/15]
O’Malley Said Invading Iraq In 2002 Was A Mistake. “O’Malley called the invasion ‘one of the greatest blunders in the history of our nation.’ He told reporters after: ‘I think it’s going to be an issue in our country for many years to come. And one can only imagine how families who lost sons or daughters in the Iraq conflict must feel watching ISIS take over cities that American blood and American lives liberated.’ [Boston Herald, 5/14/15]
Strengthening Cybersecurity and Homeland Security 
O’Malley Was Selected By His Fellow Mayors To Co-Chair The U.S. Conference Of Mayors’ Homeland Security Task Force. [U.S. Conference of Mayors, 3/19/03]
O’Malley Was Selected By His Fellow Governors To Co-Chair The Council Of Governor’s Special Committee On Homeland Security And Public Safety. [Baltimore Sun, 2/25/13]
U.S. Secretary Of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Selected O’Malley To Serve As An External Advisor On The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). [U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 6/5/09]
O’Malley Called On Congress To Strengthen Cybersecurity In Order To Protect America’s Information And Critical Infrastructure. “Cyberattacks threaten not just Americans’ privacy, personal credit information, and intellectual property, but also military operations and national security intelligence…A new agenda is urgently needed to improve our nation’s cybersecurity.” [Op-Ed, Governor O’Malley, Foreign Policy, 6/9/15
O’Malley Supported the USA Freedom Act But Said It Should Have Gone Further in Protecting Civil Liberties. “O’Malley said that recent reforms to the Patriot Act did not go far enough in curtailing the National Security Agency, arguing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court should include a public advocate.” [TIME, 6/3/15]
Answering the Climate Challenge with a Green Jobs Agenda
O’Malley USA Today Op-Ed Headline: “Zero Out Fossil Fuels By 2050.” [Op-Ed/O’Malley, USA Today, 6/18/15]
O’Malley: “Clean Energy Represents The Biggest Business And Job Creation Opportunity We've Seen In A Hundred Years. And Reliance On Local, Renewable Energy Sources Means A More Secure Nation And A More Stable World.” “Today, Pope Francis published his first encyclical —an official teaching document to all 1.2 billion Catholics — on the moral imperative of addressing climate change. He is not alone among leaders of world faiths making such a clarion call for action. We have come a long way as a nation in making ourselves more energy independent. Now is the time to take this progress to the next level — the future of our country and our planet depends on it. New technologies now put an independent clean energy future decidedly within our reach as a nation. But reach for it we must. Clean energy represents the biggest business and job creation opportunity we've seen in a hundred years. And reliance on local, renewable energy sources means a more secure nation and a more stable world.” [Op-Ed/O’Malley, USA Today, 6/18/15]
O’Malley: “I Believe, Within 35 Years, Our Country Can, And Should, Be 100% Powered By Clean Energy, Supported By Millions Of New Jobs.” “I believe, within 35 years, our country can, and should, be 100% powered by clean energy, supported by millions of new jobs. To reach this goal we must accelerate that transition starting now.” [Op-Ed/O’Malley, USA Today, 6/18/15]
Huffington Post Headline: “Martin O'Malley Just Set An Extremely High Bar On Climate Change For 2016 Democratic Contenders.” [Huffington Post, 6/18/15]
American Strength in the World Requires Economic Strength at Home
O’Malley Said TPP Would “Hollow Out Our Middle Class.” “As for where he differs on the issues, he opposes the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which Clinton supported as secretary of State, and is no fan of NAFTA, a signature achievement of President Bill Clinton. ‘I'm not for the sort of trade deals that hollow out our standards while they hollow out our middle class and middle class wages,’ he says.” [USA Today, 4/2/15]
O’Malley Said He Opposed TPP Because Of American Job Losses. O’Malley said “I’m against it because I don’t believe that we have any assurances that this won’t reduce jobs in the United States or hollow out wages for middle class workers in the United States. And I think we should all be suspect of any agreement we’re not allowed to read before our representatives have to vote on it.” [Martin O’Malley on the TPP, YouTube, posted 4/12/15]
Improving U.S. Standing and Relations In Our Hemisphere
O’Malley Cited Poor U.S.-Cuban Relations As an Impediment To Better Relations with Latin America. “Our strained relations with Cuba have really been a thorn in the side of a more cohesive American hemisphere, and I think it’s time we moved beyond it, so I do support President Obama in moving towards normalizing relations, and lifting the embargo in Cuba. I think that’s a very positive step forward.” [Telemundo, 6/15/15]
O’Malley Said He Supports Efforts To Normalize Relations With Cuba And Build Closer Relationships Between The American And Cuban People. “Diplomacy creates opportunities. Embargoes don't. It’s time to reset our Cuba policy & build closer ties b/t the American & Cuban people.” [O’Malley, Twitter, 12/17/14]
O’Malley Criticized The Venezuelan Government’s Crackdown On Opposition Leaders And Defended Their Human Rights. “This sort of repression, this sort of lack of due process, the incarceration of the mayors there and opposition leaders runs totally counter to what a free and open society is all about…The way forward for Venezuela is the way of respecting free speech of others, respecting the resistance of an opposition party and the ability of people to speak freely.” [Telemundo, 6/15/15]
O’Malley Spoke Out Against Policies In The Dominican Republic To Strip Haitians Of Their Residency And Citizenship To Carry Out A Mass Deportation Program. O’Malley called on policymakers to “reclaim our credibility and moral standing” in the region by not only “renewing our focus on the region, but also by examining the policies we've embraced at home and abroad, some of which have diminished our standing with our closest neighbors.” [Op-Ed O’Malley, Huffington Post, 6/17/15]
Immigration as a National Security and Economic Imperative 
O’Malley Promised To Reform The United States' Immigration System In The First 100 Days Of His Hypothetical Presidency. “Speaking to the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday in Washington, the former Maryland governor was asked by Javier Palomarez, the group's president, whether he would pursue reform within the symbolically important time span. ‘Absolutely,’ O'Malley said.” [CNN, 6/3/15
CASA De Maryland President: He’s Very Clearly The Most Pro-Immigrant Governor In The Country”. “Gustavo Torres, the executive director of CASA de Maryland, has worked extensively with O’Malley. He was effusive in his praise, noting it comes down to a simple but powerful feeling: O’Malley treats immigrants with respect. “He’s very clearly the most pro-Latino and pro-immigrant governor in the country,” Torres said. “He believes we are all immigrants, for centuries we are immigrants. He calls us new Americans because he believes it is a really good way to describe the contribution of the immigrant community.” [Buzzfeed, 6/22/14]