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O'Malley: Democrats Should Be Party Of Security

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley argued yesterday that Democrats need "to become again the party of security."

O'Malley appeared at a conference in Nashville of the Democratic Leadership Council, a centrist group, where he delivered an address focused on homeland security.

The topic has become a niche issue for O'Malley nationally, and he used yesterday's speech to outline a checklist of a dozen "security capacities" that states and localities can use to assess their readiness to respond to emergencies.

Among them: "interoperable communications" that allows various first responders to transmit and receive voice and data; a round-the-clock bio-surveillance system; and the capacity to handle a mass casulty hospital surge.

In a panel discussion, O'Malley also said that "the biggest strategic mistake" that Democrats made in the last election cycle "was downplaying global security, domestic security," according to an account in The Politico.

"I think our party has been running away from security and national security for a couple of decades," O'Malley said. "We need to become again the party of security."

By John Wagner  |  July 31, 2007; 10:28 AM ET
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