O'Malley endorses O'Rourke for president

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) gave his endorsement to former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) just hours after the former congressman announced he was running for president.

O’Malley, who ran for president in 2016 and was once thought of as a possible 2020 candidate himself, said he was “all in” for O’Rourke in a post on Twitter Thursday.

“We’re all in for Beto here in Maryland and I look forward to doing everything in my power to help him beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE,” he wrote.

O’Malley congratulated O’Rourke and his wife, Amy, in another post on Twitter where he quoted the Texas Democrats’ announcement video.

O’Malley withdrew his name from consideration for the Democratic primary earlier this year and quickly threw his support behind O’Rourke, who had yet to announce he was running.

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O’Rourke gained national attention and almost immediately garnered 2020 speculation after he ran a close race against incumbent Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R).

He ultimately lost to Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections by roughly 3 percentage points.

In an op-ed published in the Des Moines Register in January, O’Malley pointed to O’Rourke’s “disciplined and principled campaign” as a reason behind his support.

“He spoke to the American values of honesty, compassion for one another, and courage in the face of a rapidly changing future,” he wrote.

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