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mr. o'malley: one thing that happens with that fail to people iowa are not intimidated by money or pundits or polls what people inside washington are saying is the outcome of the election. steve: why o'malley says hillary clinton can be beat, right now on "close up." >> this is "kcci 8 news close up." steve: good morning, and thanks for joining us for "kcci 8 news close up." former maryland governor martin o'malley continues to poll far behind hillary clinton and bernie sanders. but he says he's ok with that and that iowans are just getting to know him. long before he found himself on the presidential debate stage martin o'malley has been performing on stage with his guitar. he took a semester off from
catholic university to work for gary hart's campaign. he became a baltimore city councilman and then went on to become there for eight years and was named one of america hot top five city mayors for cutting the crime rate. he was elected as governor of maryland. o'malley emphasizes raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. mr. o'malley: we have got to make it easier for people to join unions. steve: he says we need to focus on climate change, education, and limiting income disparity. he said he would expand access to naturalization and health care for americans as well as protect our border and try to keep immigrant families together. he says the symbol of america is the statue of liberty, not a
mr. o'malley: immigration reform is one of the things we must do to get wages to go up again. one of the big drags is you can have a and number -- underground economy. getting these people out of the shadows can be helped to get wages go up again for all americans. steve: o'malley told iowa workers he opposed the transpacific partnership from the beginning. mr. o'malley: i thought it was not in the best interest mark j. it just be about us, our principles as a people, and what is best for our economy. steve: o'malley and his wife lived in baltimore with their four children. late last week governor o'malley took time to sit down with me and "des moines register" political reporter kathy obradovich. and right out of the box, we wanted to know what a lot of iowa democrats asking. how does anyone catch up with
hillary clinton? good morning. we are here with former maryland governor martin o'malley, and, governor we are 100 days until , the caucuses. you're still polling in the single digits. what do you do to move up and make more of a name for yourself? mr. o'malley: we keep campaigning in the iowa way. sometimes in these caucuses, there is a surprise on caucus night, and when we look back over our shoulders and ask how did that happened, it is because i have been to 43 of the 100 counties, i am engaging in the questions and answers for the solutions to solving our problems as a nation. i am excited about where we are. eight days ago, the first debate, there were five of us on stage. the next debate, there will only be three. i am the only candidate that has elected experience as a chief executive, actions, getting
candidates can only talk about. when i ran for the mayor of baltimore, it was not because our city was doing well. we had become the most abandoned city america. on the day i announced we had only 88 days to go, pulling at 11%. we took our campaign of ideas to the people of our city, and that is what we are doing this campaign, to the very important people of iowa, who will shape the presidential race. steve: clinton is pulling away in the polls are. in talking with voters who have listened to you, one of them being my father, they like what they hear. how do you get more people to like you? . o'malley: i think these debates are helping. by this time eight years ago, we had had nine debates.
clinton were exchanging ideas and we delayed as a party the start of our debates until eight days ago. it was the first time that most people in the country had an opportunity to see whether or not i actually had the ideas to govern and to moved to enter four. quite---and move our country forward. here in iowa we are moving to compare and contrast, and there are a lot of differences between myself and the candidate and what senator sanders and secretary clinton offer. kathy: did you miss the opportunity to offer a sharper contrast, and to you have to take the gloves off in the next debate to make sure that people understand where the differences are? mr. o'malley: it was my decision and our decision as a campaign that in the very first debate fast majority of people have not heard of me or ever seen me
and so i need to introduce myself, and now with the iowa jefferson-johnson day dinner, we have arrived at the next phase of the campaign, which is compare and contrast. i have independence to take on on wall street, the backbone to take on the national rifle association and get comprehensive gun safety legislation done. these are the contrasts that will be drawn in the next week. >> you complained about the lack of debates. do you think that democratic national committee has put the fix in for clinton byt keeping the lid on the debates? mr. o'malley: i think they tried, and i think it backfired, because that first debate was viewed by more americans than any other democratic presidential debate. kathy: clinton has a history of doing well.
mr. o'malley: you would think, wouldn't? that was the first debate. now we are going into compare and contrast. i am looking forward to it. i think the party sometimes tries to circle the wagons around the inevitable frontrunner, especially when that frontrunner appears to be shaky. one thing that happens without fail is the people iowa are not intimidated by big money or polls or what people inside washington are saying as the outcome of this election. i think they want choices, a conversation, and visits to answer questions, and that is what i tend to do. steve: coming up, gun control and why o'malley says he wants
as governor of maryland. steve: governor marin o'malley was in bolder, colorado, last wednesday for the republican debate, not to stir up controversy but to bring attention to the need for stricter gun control in the u.s. welcome back to "kcci 8 close up." the former maryland governor says he wants to do to the united states what he did as governor keep guns away from the bad guys and lower crime. the republican debate was held in colorado on wednesday nights him and you happen to be in colorado. who were you there is sticking and why that group and why colorado? mr. o'malley: i went there for two reasons, not only because
in boulder, but because before it was the scene of the republican presidential debate, colorado was also the scene of the massacre in columbine, and then the massacre in the theater in our iraq. so i was there supporting moms against guns violence in their effort to elevate this issue of how many people we buried in a country from gun violence into the national consciousness so we can solve this as a country. they were hoping and i was hoping there might have been a question asked of the republican candidates for president, and we are hoping -- and i think we would all in knowledge that our country would do a lot better if the parties were functioning in october ideas for the problems we face of the nation. one of the ones we face is the number of people we bury from guns and gun violence. steve: you had some success as governor of maryland in passing some gun safety legislation.
what did you learn in dealing with the nra and that hot button issue? mr. o'malley: what i learned not only passing our legislation, which we did after the slaughter of the innocents in newtown, connecticut, we cannot give up. we have to be relentless, and you have to keep asking people to come back to the table around the principles that we share, like our believe in the importance of every single life. it was not easy in our state because i had a lot of opposition on this one from my own party. kathy: what results did you have ? mr. o'malley: we did universal background checks, and we banned combat assault weapons and magazines with more than 10
as governor i increased by 80% public access to mental health in my state, even during the recession, and we had an aspect in there about school perimeter safety. those were the things we were able to get done. kathy: did it show, the results come in terms of fewer shootings in maryland? you see a slowing of gun violence in maryland? mr. o'malley: we reduced violent crimes to 30-year lows by the time i ended my service. part of the challenge we have is the trafficking in illegal guns. there are stiffer penalties for trafficking poached salmonf or than in guns because of the influence of the nra. the nypd came out with a report and they look at the top kent state where guns were used.
there are others that are closer to new york, and that's because we have done a better job. we did not take away anybody's right to hunt. when he and her right wrote -- when the nra wrote to all their members and try to skip everybody -- to scare everybody to believe that they would not hunt anymore, i told them that they would be able to. let me tell you about the lies that the nra is telling you. that is leadership. following a poll is not leadership. putting yourself into the middle, having a conversation about what is best, that is leadership, and that is one laptop. i do not think the other candidates can offer that. steve: straight ahead on "kcci 8 close up," what martin o'malley says the united states has in common with some of the most repressive regimes in earth, and his answer just might surprise
disagree on whether the death penalty should be ended. you have said you want to work and the death penalty. that also applies to terrorists, treasons. would you make any exceptions, or would you want to get rid of it? mr. o'malley: i would like to get rid of it. before i served on the city council, i served as a prosecutor and then as a defense attorney, and that as mayor dealing with issues of public safety and also as governor. i believe the evidence backs me up that the death penalty is not a deterrent to violent crime. we drove homicides and violent crime down to record lows in my state and even with the death penalty. it is expensive and cannot be applied fairly, and after all of those things, there is this
the vast majority of public executions that take place on this planet happened in the countries of neuron, iraq, communist china, north korea, yemen, saudi arabia, and i do not believe our children's nation, the united states, should be in that company. kathy: would you push or urge or trying to force states to roll back their death penalty, using federal dollars? mr. o'malley: none of us has a crystal ball how progress is made. we saw in the marriage equality issue how the public consensus moved on it. there were some levers that we used to make this progress. sometimes it is courts, sometimes individuals states, sometimes, congress, and none of us have a crystal ball,
steve: welcome back. we heard martin o'malley's stance on gun control, and his views on the death penalty in the united states. he says his message on how to fix our country's sluggish economy is what i'll ones will gravitate to. shifting gears, you are a big back or of increasing the middle minimum wage.
over arching issue i hear. we hear from our leaders that our economy is doing better, and we are clearly doing better. thanks to president obama's leadership, we are created 67 months of positive job growth. for the first time since world war ii, the vast majority of us are earning the same or less than we were 12 years ago. how is it that i'm working harder and falling more behind? we need to cast aside the trickle-down economics that you hear from the republican candidates for president that says concentrate wealth at the top, keep wages low, and remove regulation from everywhere. that is not the way our economy works, but our parent understood our economy is not money, it is people, all of our people, and
when workers earn more, they spend more, and the economy grows. we cast aside in the course of this detour common sense wage and labor policies, and one of them was always give the minimum wage above the poverty line. we got away from that. i am in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. as governor i was able to get our state up to $10.10 an hour, and contrary to all the predictions that every shopkeeper would close his doors and moved to another state have we maintain the heidi highest median income in the country. kathy: i agree that the minimum wage -- but there is data showing there are fewer jobs for teenagers, that the youth employment in seattle, in washington state, where they have raised the minimum wages, has had some effects.
to offset or to make sure that you can -- youth employment did not get adversity affected if you raised the minimum wage? mr. o'malley: we did not have that experience in our state. i think you are going to see cities reached this $15 an hour threshold before states, but the federal government should be the floor, there should be an expectation of people work hard, 40 hours a week, they do not raise their kids in poverty. i have 15 goals to raise the american dream come in the third is to cut you that unemployment in half by the next two years. there's a number of ways we can do that, and one of the big ones is to offer reversal national service as an option for every kid in the nine states. that is a way to earn money for an enhanced telegram for college, a way to get back to
the country, and there is need work to be done in restoring the environment, in public health, in literacy, and other education efforts. kathy: speaking of health, i wanted to know, what you think health care would look like in this country now if hillary clinton had succeeded in the 1990's with the initiative they fail to do? mr. o'malley: i do not know. i think now that we have universal health care for all, we need to build upon, i think all of us should be grateful that we actually have a program now that covers all of our citizens. we are the last developed nations to do that. might have been like if she had succeeded internet. one of the differences between my candidacy and there's is neither secretary clinton nor senator sanders has succeeded in doing things as an executive. i had. steve: believed iraq, we redo
programs, and when you go on the internet, there are many pictures of you with your shirt off. you are a 52-year-old man. you are engaged shape. as you travel around, which is full of great food and is not low in fat and calories, how does a guy thing such good shape? mr. o'malley: eat lots of bananas, pass on the potato chips and the fries, and you work long hours. some of those pictures have followed me since the polar bear plunge, an annual event in maryland to help people with developmental disabilities. kathy: do people try to make you go? mr. o'malley: it is all about balance. steve: good move for the
to the datee big ten? mr. o'malley: i do, and excuse to get together for the american-iowa game. steve: thank you. we hope you enjoyed today's interview with martin o'malley. if you want to see our interview with governor o'malley again, there's always the web. just go to our website at kcci.com to enjoy the entire interview. thank you for joining us this week. we hope to see you next week. have a great sunday. [kcci captioning is brought to you by the iowa clinic] [captioning performed by the which is responsible for its