CHARLOTTE -- Speaking to members of Iowa's influential delegation to the Democratic convention on Wednesday, Maryland Gov.
The delegation meeting was the latest of several O'Malley has attended this week -- he has also appeared before delegates from Ohio and Texas, for instance. But given Iowa's first-in-the-nation role in the presidential primary season, his visit here led to inevitable talk of his own political ambitions in 2016.
O'Malley, who addressed the full convention on Tuesday, will travel to Iowa later this month to speak at an event sponsored by Sen.
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O'Malley, the chairman of the
"The only thing I'm really giving consideration to right now is being as effective of a surrogate as I can be for
But O'Malley also repeatedly noted his familiarity with the state, pointing out that he had visited all of its counties when he worked for Gary Hart's 1984 presidential campaign.
"I like Iowa," he said. "I know Iowa."
"He stacks up in that we are eager to learn more about him," Peggy Whitworth, a longtime Democratic activist in Iowa, said of O'Malley. "We know some things; we don't know a lot."