O’Malley plans to decide about presidential bid this spring

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley addresses a conference hosted by the South Carolina Democratic Party in Myrtle Beach on Saturday.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will decide this spring whether he will run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

O’Malley told reporters in South Carolina on Saturday he’s seriously considering the race and anyone who intends to win the party’s nomination will have to start this spring.

O’Malley was visiting Myrtle Beach almost a year to the day before the state’s 2016 presidential primary. It was his ninth visit to the state in two years.

O’Malley earlier addressed about 300 people attending the state Democratic Party’s John M. Spratt Issues Conference.

He said there is pessimism in the country as people worry about making a living wage. He said this cannot be the first American generation leaving its children a lesser future.