Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is in fact still running for president.
The often-forgotten Democratic presidential candidate was interrupted several times during Sunday night’s debate and it often appeared he was completely ignored when he jumped in to answer questions.
‘My name is Martin O’Malley,’ he began his opening statement, despite his campaign being nearly eight months old.
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Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was given little airtime during Sunday night’s Democratic debate
When seeking to speak about the drug epidemic, NBC moderator Lester Holt even turned to commercials.
After Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders gave their responses, Holt took the debate to a commercial break.
‘Lester, just 10 seconds. Just 10 seconds. All of the things …’ O’Malley is heard saying off camera. But Holt continued on to commercials.
Later in the debate, O’Malley asked if he could ‘get 30 seconds too’, which caused an uproar of laughter in the Charleston, South Carolina, auditorium.
Twitter users felt O’Malley’s pain, with some users poking fun at the candidate while others sympathized with him.
In a series of Snapchat photos posted to Twitter, it appears that O’Malley spoke with the moderators during a commercial break.
Toward the end of the debate, Holt asked for final thoughts from the candidates.
‘We believe we’ve learned a lot here, but before we leave, is there anything that you really wanted to say tonight that you haven’t gotten a chance to say. And, we’ll start with Governor O’Malley,’ Holt said.
O’Malley laughed, saying he would need at least 20 minutes to do so.
O’Malley, is polling in the single digits in the three-way race, which has been dominated by Clinton and Sanders.
Despite stage time with the other candidates, he has made no substantial headway in polls and is seen by many as an also-ran.
Thursday’s debate featured Democratic presidential candidates O’Malley, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders