Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Thursday he doesn't think the public discussion about Hillary Clinton's email scandal is doing any good for the party.
During an interview with MSNBC, O'Malley was asked about Thursday morning's news that Clinton's private email server is now in the hands of the FBI.
"I think it underscores why we need to have conversations and need to start having our debate within the Democratic Party about the ideas that will actually create jobs, get incomes to go up, make our country safer," O'Malley said.
"All of this stuff about the email server and the top secret emails, all of this — these are not the ideas that excite the electorate. These are not the ideas that spark the imagination of the American people or allow them to see their own family's future in the solutions and the ideas and the broader story that we have to offer as a party."
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When pressed further about the issue, O'Malley said, "Secretary Clinton and her lawyers can answer those questions about the email."
O'Malley launched his presidential bid
in late May and has thus far failed to muster much support in the polls, according to Real Clear Politics.
Clinton, on the other hand, began her campaign in April with a significant lead over her challengers. But her support is crumbling as the layers of the email scandal are peeled back.
Clinton's campaign and national Democrats are scrambling to calm supporters
as more news breaks about the story. The FBI now has in its possession the server Clinton used and a thumb drive containing emails labeled top secret.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
is making up ground on Clinton in the polls.
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