September 29th, 2010
11:23 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to team up with MD gov

Washington (CNN) – He's traveled from coast to coast trying to help fellow Democrats. But on October 7, President Barack Obama won't have to make such a long trip.

A Democratic source confirms to CNN that Obama will team up next week with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who's running for re-election this year.

News of the trip, first reported by the Washington Post, came Tuesday as the president's voice appeared in a new radio ad for the first-term governor.

O'Malley faces off in November against Republican challenger Robert Ehrlich. In 2002, Ehrlich become the first GOP governor of Maryland since Spiro Agnew, but he was defeated in his 2006 re-election bid by O'Malley, who was mayor of Baltimore at the time.

A new Washington Post poll released Wednesday indicates that O'Malley leads Ehrlich by 11 points among likely voters. Other recent surveys have suggested O'Malley holds a single digit advantage.

According to the Post poll, Ehrlich is overwhelming winning the Republican vote and holds a wide advantage over O'Malley among independents, but he's not grabbing enough cross-over Democrats, as he did eight years ago. Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans and independents in Maryland.

Even though incumbents are facing a difficult political climate nationwide, the survey indicates nearly two-thirds of likely Maryland voters have a favorable view of O'Malley, with just one in four saying they see him in a negative way.

The Washington Post poll was conducted Sept. 22-26, with 1,448 adults, including 730 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for likely voters is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is exactly what ALL Democratic runners should be doing: portraying A UNITED FRONT with their President and their Party as opposed to going half-cocked off the reservation and gaining no traction. I'll definitely be voting for O'Malley in November.
    Additionally:
    Way to go FOX, er, CNN! Always one for pointing out the 'detrimental' differences . Versus highlighting the fact that 15,000 showed up to listen to President Obama on the college campus, you are quick to point out that it was 17,000 in 2008. You go on to point out how tired and gray the President looked. Well, if you were the ONLY ONE working your rear end off trying to right a wrong decades in the making how the hell would YOU look?

    Notice how FRESH and RESTED all of the GOP posers appear in contrast. Who's working and who's just collecting a paycheck?

    Give it a rest already CNN.

    September 29, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. onlysanetexanleft

    I love the way CNN tries to maintain a certain narrative. You play down the fact that President Obama drew over 26,000 at his rally which was over 9,000 more than he drew in 2008 and play up that people weren't as "excited" THERE WERE OVER 26,000 PEOPLE IN MADISON WISCONSIN TO HEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA. If this had of been Palin the headline would have been 'Palin draws huge crowd". The fact that it wasn't as much yelling and cheering is crazy. He's a sitting president and not running this year. Also, I saw a portion of it and they seemed pretty pumped to me even cheering loudly for the healthcare bille that the media has deemed "evil" with the help of lobbyist anf right wing media.

    September 29, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    That's right DEMOCRATS – stop distancing yourself from President Obama and you will benefit from it – and I am a VOTER!!!

    Politicians should STATE the CASE and mean it – UNITE the BASE and believe in it – WIN the RACE and be PROUD of it in November 2010!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    September 29, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. 35 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Ahead in the polls and inviting Obozo in? You just have to question the wisdom of this! Maybe he decided he'd rather lose and pursue other interests?

    September 29, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. dan smith

    That's a good way to make sure O'Mally gets defeated.

    September 29, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Dan

    Obama is a campaigner and he has been doing campaigning ever since... with this and that (thus the disproportional involvement in the mid. term election). However, the voters cannot be forgiving and are insulted by lack of concrete actions, ignoring the will of the people and then the lat two month before the election with the help of the media elite (smart comedians mainly), trying to sell the same old thing!

    September 29, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. jim

    Obama has the country at a 9.6% unemployment rate.The nation had apoverty rate at14.3% in 2009 under his leadership. INstead of working to correct the problems he spends an awful amount of time on the campaign trail or vacationing.He sent an additional 60,000 troops to Afghanistan and turned a NATO le war into one led by the U.S..We need to get our soldiers home, now.Apparently ,the Gov. of Maryland approves of these things Obama is doing and is proud of our economic mess. Voters need to put him into the unemployment lin this Nov.

    September 29, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. JOEL

    Obama is very popular in Md. By the way Jim, Thank Bush for leaving the messes that Obama has had to clean up.

    September 29, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Dan and jim, what a tired old bunch of FoxNews propaganda you spew. The unemployment rate is a [R] unemployment rate. The poverty rate is a [R] poverty rate. BOTH would have been even worse if Obama and the [D]s had not gotten to work imediately on the economic mess that you Tea-tards left when we kicked you out of office. In your uber-partisan zeal to ignore YOUR proven [R] failure and to blame YOUR [R] mess on others like little children, you have taken leave from reality altogether......your lack of support for both O'Malley and Obama are high praise ineed for those those two. Given the dimentia that you and your ilk display daily, a political endorsement from you should be a sign for the mentally healthy to avoid those you endorse.

    BTW, Ehrlich was spanked repeatedly and with vigor by the [D] MD legislature the last time he was govenor. He was, and is, a total waste of space.

    September 29, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Jordan

    As a volunteer for O'Malley, this will just serve to fire us up even more! Ads don't decide campaigns its the candidates and the volunteers that do.

    September 29, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. 35 days til the Fox/GObP/Baggers get sent packing

    You fascist right wingnuts just don't get it. You have lied and spewed hatred against President Obama for over two years. But you have no plans. The republican plague on American will cost over a million jobs, over a trillion dollars in debt, and the only way you think you can pay for it is to cut social security, medicare and the VA. Each day you deny republican corruption and ineptness. Only the Fox republican party can sugar coat the manure you spread: Unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, unfunded unnecessary war, unfunded Bush bank bailouts, along with your attack on policemen, firemen, women, teachers, nurses, hispanics, blacks, muslims, workers, uninsured, and the middle class. I forgot to thank you for the $10trillion dollar debt you left us.

    September 29, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. S. in California

    This is what I have been waiting for. This is what ALL democrats should be doing right now. Nothing scares a republican more than seeing us UNITED. Let's fight and let's win. Thank you Gov. O'Malley for showing REAL leadership. Republicans fasten your seat belts because its going to be a bumpy ride!

    Go Democrats!

    September 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. 35 days til the Fox/GObP/Baggers get sent packing

    Don't forget that the Bush/Cheney/republicans lost 8 million jobs in 2008. Why don't you right wingnuts face facts; you are worthless scum sucking bottom feeders, and I mean it with no disrespect.

    September 29, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. j. tap

    it saddens me that i read in the huffpo; sec. gates quote that the united states was NEVER leaving afghanistan . you see its been this way from day one president obama says to the pentagon were going right, the brass creeps come back and say ; we are going left......... this is who 's really running things if the pentagon war machine can drag these wars out the longer them and all of the defense contractors and the ret. general's and the rest of the brass creeps can line their pockets and then demand tax breaks and cuts. its is a no-win situation and i don't trust the sec. of state either who i believe wants this president to fail if the truth be told. to gates and the brass creeps ; you have DESTORYED generations of men and young women w/ your war [s]. the ones who live and come back home are forever mentally dead- destoryed they will never be normal it is edvident now by the suicides and random acts of violence by the soliders when they come back here and over in the war zone. what you've people have subjected them to under the guise of freedom by your greed for afghanistan's minerals and the profit of war.. god have mercy on them young men and women.

    September 29, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. 35 days til the Fox/GObP/Baggers get sent packing

    @35 days until socialism. . . There are a lot of people who hope you are wrong. Those on social security, those with medicare, those veterans who rely on the VA, those who attend public schools and universities, those who get their social security checks and mail from the USPS, those who drive on interstate highways and state highways, those who use libraries, those who count on air traffic controllers to keep us safe in the air, those who make sure we are sold produce that was inspected, those who rely on the police and fire departments, those who protect our environment, those who rely on the military to keep us safe, . . .

    September 29, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Moderate Sean

    I am a moderate voter from Maryland and I definitely plan to vote for O'Malley. Erlich (and his Republican handlers) had his chance when he was Governor, but from what I have seen from the Republicans Wingnuts since 2008, none of them will get my vote for sometime!

    September 29, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Bobby Arbutus

    Martin O'Malley is a tool...he backed Hillary and now has to grovel to Obama
    If you think the tax and spenders in DC are bad, you ought to catch the act of the ones in Annapolis MD
    Bobby Ehrlich cleaned up after one loser Dem gov. already – he can do it again
    Go Bobby from Arbutus!!

    September 29, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. gt

    when is he going to south carolina ?

    September 29, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |