Former Maryland governor and current Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley took an unconventional route to appeal to voters Tuesday morning.
In an appearance on The View, he broke out an acoustic guitar and sang Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” — an appropriate song for the candidate, whose lackluster polling has forced him to take a more aggressive stance toward current frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
During the segment, co-host Michelle Collins praised O’Malley’s “Mad Men” looks before co-host Paula Faris added that he had “mad skills” at the guitar as a member of a band named O’Malley March in high school. Faris asked the candidate to play the hosts a song, and O’Malley, without hesitation, removed his blazer and picks up a guitar at the desk.
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“Katy Perry, I’m told, is doing a benefit concert for one of my opponents in Iowa,” he said in a not-so-subtle dig at Clinton’s campaign. “So in response, I thought I’d offer this up for Taylor Swift.” Watch his cover of “Bad Blood” above, complete with the ending “Hey!”
Will the cover help O’Malley gain traction with voters? It’s hard to tell, but maybe he’s just following in the footsteps of another Democrat who once used his musical talents to cement his place in political pop-culture history.