First on CNN: O’Malley to campaign for Sheheen in South Carolina
May 6th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
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First on CNN: O’Malley to campaign for Sheheen in South Carolina

Washington (CNN) — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has not been coy about his interest in a 2016 White House bid, is showing up in the early primary state of South Carolina on Friday to campaign with Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor this year.

O’Malley will join Sheheen for an afternoon meet-and-greet at The Alley, a restaurant in downtown Charleston, sources familiar with the planning told CNN.

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His visit comes on the same day that Vice President Joe Biden, another Democrat flirting with a presidential run, appears in the state to deliver the University of South Carolina commencement address and raise money for the state Democratic Party in Columbia.

A former chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, O’Malley has been active in campaigning for gubernatorial candidates around the country this year. He’s planning a series of trips to Maine, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida to raise money for Democrats and campaign against vulnerable Republican governors in those states.

But given South Carolina’s marquee role in the presidential nominating process, his visit there to help Democrats in their quest to unseat Gov. Nikki Haley comes with an added dose of 2016 buzz. It’s the second time he’s visited Charleston to meet with local Democrats: he addressed a state party conference and convened a series of meetings with area power-brokers in March 2013.

O’Malley, though, isn’t just in the state for politics.

His daughter will be graduating from the College of Charleston this weekend.

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Filed under: Joe Biden • Martin O'Malley • South Carolina • Vincent Sheheen
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    -stay together on a single rope, be united, morale, ethical . Good luck. SC needs to turn to democratic.

    May 6, 2014 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  2. king

    if dems sit on their hands like they did in 2010 and allow the repubs to shut down more of congress, like they did for the last 4 years, well the country deserves it. we are becoming a third world country more and more every day, as the right kills our labor unions and workers rights. we are the richest country by far, but our middle class and working class are being decimated, comparing to countries like the ukraine and other top industrial countries. we allow the repubs to shout that obama is trying to redistribute wealth, which is one of their main talking points, and allow them to push more and more money to a small portion of our society, while the rest of us barely gets by on what we earn. i know the american people are getting more and more backward as time goes by because the repubs superior propaganda machine. imagine a tractor trailer with one good wheel at the front and the other wheels are mediocre. what will happen to that tractor trailer if that one good wheel goes bad. the tractor trailer would be in a hoard of doo doo right. well this is what you dems are doing, allowing the right to suck money out of our economy and pour it into the one good tractor trailor wheel. we need to stop this train wreck from happening, because it only a matter of time before that one good tractor trailor wheel that the right keep pushing money into explode, and send the tractor trailor along with our economy off the the road. so to hell with the right crying about wealth distribution, because this is the only way to make one good tire into 4 or 5 or even 6 good tractor trailer tires. some need to Google the great depression and see that the country was only running on one tractor trailer tire when that tire fell off and took the whole country into the gully.

    May 6, 2014 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I think that it would be in the best interests of the Democratic Party for Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden to make their 2016 plans known as soon as possible. Personally, I don't see either one of them running. I think Biden is more likely to run than Clinton, just for the simple fact that he's a sitting vice-president. I also think that they both let their best opportunities slip past them in 2008. I expect a Republican to win in 2016 because I just don't see a Democrat winning after 8 years of a Democrat in the White House.

    May 6, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    He is welcome to waste his time in SC. He will be unsuccessful.

    May 6, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |

    @ rudy you are so right sir i dont think 6 more years of dems would be good 4 america . I just hope we make it through obamas tour in one physical piece with some skin left on the bones ?

    May 6, 2014 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. salty dog

    Chris, as long SD your good with your ss gone, no Medicaid, and taxed beyond belief, they've already told you that's their plan, and crying about wealth redistribution, top 1% took in 95% of all wealth, and you think that's sustainable, really, hook line and sinker Chris.

    May 6, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |