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Why was Martin O’Malley at the GOP debate?

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley after a news conference on the campus of the University of Colorado before the Republican presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley after a news conference on the campus of the University of Colorado before the Republican presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Republican candidates were not the only presidential hopefuls to visit the University of Colorado (CU) campus on Wednesday. Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley made an appearance as well.

The former governor of Maryland participated in a student-run debate broadcast about political engagement among millennials.

O’Malley told Red Alert Politics that he is planning to run on his college debt relief program. His higher education platform is focused on eliminating college debt and freezing college tuition rates for states.

“People all across the country — whether they’re students saddled with debt, their parents, or their grandparents — realize that we’ve turned away from that formula that made us a great nation,” O’Malley said.

When asked about providing in-state tuition to illegal, undocumented workers, the former governor stressed the need for comprehensive immigration reform.

“In our state, we did it,” O’Malley asserted. “We can’t put barriers up to allow people to be highly educated in our country.”

“If I did it as governor, I can do it as president,” he added.

Despite his very low showing in the polls, compared to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, O’Malley was adamant that he’s not giving up.

While in town, he met with CU Boulder students as well as donors and volunteers.


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