O’Malley advocates balance, blasts ‘Tea Party Republicans’
November 6th, 2011
11:23 AM ET
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O’Malley advocates balance, blasts ‘Tea Party Republicans’

Washington (CNN)-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Sunday previewed the Democratic strategy for President Barack Obama’s re-election next year, saying that voters will choose the candidate “who’s earnest, who’s committed and who’s working hard on the things they care about.”

During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” O’Malley conceded that “none of us is very happy with the state of the economy,” and the question facing voters is “whether the economy is becoming better?”

He cited “13 months of positive job growth” and “foreclosures down to the 2nd lowest level since November 2007” as evidence of an improving economy. The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association also zinged what he called “Tea Party Republicans” in Congress for stunting progress on jobs.

“You cannot ignore the fact (that) … people have taken an oath to block the path,” O’Malley said of GOP tactics.

The second-term governor criticized Republicans for focusing on politics more than policy, citing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement last year that his top priority was “putting the president out of a job.”

O’Malley advocated what he called a balanced approach on economic and spending policies that eases the “gross inequalities that have been brought about by Bush administration policies.”

“I believe that’s where the president’s trying to move this conversation,” he said. “ … It’s all about balance.”

O’Malley declined to answer whether he’s contemplating a presidential bid of his own in 2016, saying: “I’m eyeing the 2012 race and I will do everything I can to help get President Obama re-elected.”

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  1. FedUp

    He is correct. My vote will be the ABO vote.

    November 6, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Jim

    O'Malley is the worst governor that Maryland has ever had. He drastically raised taxes on everything. He gives illegal aliens a free everything (tuition, healthcare, drivers licenses,.,...). He is an Obama kroney and he is prepping to run for president in 2016 – be ware!!!

    November 6, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. sara

    Just saw Boehner on another network. Couldn't explain why he Cut off the talks with the President and wouldn't return his phone calls. He flashed over and over a card with the republicans "jobs bills" that he says is stalled in the Senate. All of the "bullet points" is Cuts without Revenue.
    Anybody who thinks this man is for the working people in America has got to be blinded. Small Businesses does NOT make a MILLION dollars a year. I know, I had one until the economy went bad in yes, not 2008, but 2003! Yes it was bad and all businesses FELT it way back then.

    November 6, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    2008 November 5th some people wake up with bad dream so they formed a tea party from that day on they are total distraction for our nation economy growth

    November 6, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. fred ca

    This 'man' blew up the budget of a state that was on track to being solvent. So he is a dem hero. And all you dems...dance little sheep. Dance.

    November 6, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. sara

    Boehner can NOT admit he was pressured by the Tea Party NOT to compromise. He's still sticking with the failed policies of the past, "job creators" that's gone south after receiving their Tax Cuts....his pledges to Grover and the Tea Party has gotten our country in a MESS.

    November 6, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. lgny

    The fundamental problem is, if not Obama then who?

    The Republicans have the worst crop of candidates in recent history. Furthermore, they waste far too much time and resources on side shows such as abortion and the the national motto. Only the far right can love any of the replacements.

    November 6, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Joe

    O'Malley is a typical tax and spend Fascist Socialist who believes the Obama road is paved with gold. OUR gold.

    I have yet to understand what Obama is earnest and committed about. Other than following the George Soros plan for destroying the American Economy and the American way of life, that is.

    Obama has spent or given away over FOUR TRILLION of OUR dollars on things We the People didn't approve, didn't want and definitely do not need. Obama wants to give our country away to the United Nations – you know, that place in New York that houses more enemies of the United States than any other building in the entire world.

    ALL States in this country who capture illegal aliens in their state need to rent a bunch of busses and bring ALL of their illegals to Maryland so that they can live off the taxpayers in Maryland who support either O'Malley or Obama bin Laden.

    November 6, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Edward

    I said it before and I'll say it again, given his opponents Obama is a shoe in for 2012. I'll even go so far as to say that by the time 2016 rolls around the economy will be looking much better and we will have Hilary Clinton as our next president.

    November 6, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Sarah107

    Interesting. O'Malley was a terrible mayor and not much better as a governor. Major industry has fled from the state. Taxes are being raised soda, gas, tolls, etc. And our fiscal situation is not good. The unemployment rate has been kept as low as it is because of government jobs. Don't listen to O'Malley....he's cute but not a good executive.

    November 6, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. one voice

    There's only ONE CLEAR CHOICE. Obama/Biden 2012

    November 6, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. SixDegrees

    Man. That is one real ugly woman.

    November 6, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Don1966

    O'Malley nailed them. You don't have to like O'Malley or be a Democrat to know that the GOP is headed for extinction. They would be wise to listen to O'Malley and others and correct their course...perhaps a new GOP would one day emerge. This old GOP/Teebag party are dead as a doornail.

    November 6, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Keith in Austin

    Wow CNN another major News Flash huh? A tax-and-spend, left-wing Liberal Governor touting Obama and criticizing Conservatism. Brilliant!

    November 6, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Just saw Boehner on another network...Anybody who thinks this man is for the working people in America has got to be blinded.
    Speaker Boehner has changed the entire course of Washington politics from a downward death spiral of exploding debt, unemployment and failed huge government programs to controlled spending and a focus on getting the government back in support of economic recovery. Already we have seen Obama's original 2011 budget reduced by $100 billion and rejection of another $450 billion spending bill that was crafted to chase the same failed strategy of 2009's $850 billion Stimulus Bill. And because of Speaker Boehner's steadfast resolve, the debt ceiling increase happened only with the formation of a bipartisan committee to get together and make a serious change in federal government spending going forward. Obama tried but was unable to have this debt ceiling increased with no changes in spending going forward.

    November 6, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. John

    The Tea Party Is One Of the worse thing that happen to America. The Other thing Is voting the Republican In Control of the House of Congress and them making John Boehner the Speaker of the House and put Eric Cantor second In Charge. These Two don't know what they are doing and America and American People are Paying for It Now.

    November 6, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Debbie


    Please define what a "Facist Socialist" is.

    O'Malley is a typical tax and spend Fascist Socialist who believes the Obama road is paved with gold. OUR gold."

    November 6, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Len

    Edward you are correct!!!! Obama/Biden 2012!

    November 6, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |