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O'Malley Blames Bush, Talks Up Obama

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) traveled last night to Long Island to witness the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain at Hofstra University.

It sounded as though O'Malley was working on his talking points earlier in the day in Annapolis as he addressed reporters and the public on Maryland's budget crunch.

Speaking at the Board of Public Works, the three-member panel that cut nearly $350 million from the budget yesterday, O'Malley attributed the state's situation to the national economy - and more specifically, to what he said was its mismanagement by the Bush administration.

Bush's tenure, O'Malley told the crowd, would be remembered as "one of the most disastrous presidencies in American history."

Later, while speaking to reporters, O'Malley referenced "the horrible mess the Bush administration has made."

The governor said Maryland's budget situation is largely dependent on a recovery in the national economy, and he said he knew one way that could happen more quickly: if voters elect Obama on Nov. 4.

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 16, 2008; 9:35 AM ET
Categories:  2008 Elections , John Wagner  
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What about the financial mess Martin O'Malley has put Maryland in??? He raised taxes, the largest in our history, BEFORE the global financial downturn. He pumped up spending, particularly for his appointed cronies, and raided the rainy day fund and transportation trust fund--all BEFORE the national/global markets went down. He clearly was a bad student--he can't admit his own cause/effect that put Maryland in this situation, that spending more will bankrupt the state, and that his hopes for higher office are dashed. Bring back Doug Duncan. Martin no longer has the ability to force Doug out anymore. Free Maryland!

Posted by: Is he certifiable??? | October 16, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

It's easier to blame Bush than look into the mirror.

Posted by: Island 1 | October 16, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley blames......
Good to see him doing the only thing he's good at!

Posted by: WaPost4O'Malley | October 16, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Let's not bring back Doug Duncan! His give-away to MoCo employees didn't portend a lot of spending restraint.

Mr. O'Malley would do well to consider all the cash the defense industry has brought to Maryland.

His problem is that he's spending like a drunken St. Mary's sailor.

Posted by: Roseg | October 16, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

If O'Malley is blaming president Bush for the generally sad state of the country, he's the last one doing it. Bush's popularity rating is about to dip below 20%. On this point, I compliment O'Malley on his judgement. On other issues, like the $3,200,000,000 ICC toll road boondoggle, I have a bone to pick with our governor.

Posted by: Donny | October 16, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley is just singing the democrat song - "Bush did it, it's his fault, I did nothing wrong, elect me to higher office!"

It can't all be Bush's fault, Martin. He didn't raise our state tax or encourage an invasion of illegals. Who will you blame in January, Martin?

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Posted by: inawimbumma | October 17, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

TO ALL MY FRIENDS…
LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE…
FYI only.

George Bush has been in office for 7 1/2 years. The first six the economy was fine.
A little over one year ago:
1) Consumer confidence stood at
a 2 1/2 year high
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%
4) The DOW JONES hit a record high– 14,000 +
5) American’s were buying new cars, taking
Cruises, vacations overseas, living large!

But American’s wanted ‘CHANGE’! So, in 2006 they voted in a Democratic Congress and yes–we got ‘CHANGE’ all right. In the PAST YEAR:
1) Consumer confidence has plummeted
2) Gasoline is now over $4 a gallon
And climbing!
3) Unemployment is up to 5.5%
(a 10% increase)
4) Americans have seen their home equity
Drop by $12 TRILLION DOLLARS
And prices are still dropping
5) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure
6) as I write, THE DOW is probing another
Low ~~ $2.5 TRILLION DOLLARS HAS
EVAPORATED FROM THEIR STOCKS,
BONDS & MUTUAL FUNDS
INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS!

YES, IN 2006 AMERICA VOTED FOR CHANGE…AND WE SURE GOT IT!

REMEMBER THE PRESIDENT HAS NO CONTROL OVER ANY OF THESE ISSUES, ONLY CONGRESS DOES.

AND WHAT HAS CONGRESS DONE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS?
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

NOW THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT CLAIMS HE IS GOING TO REALLY GIVE US CHANGE, AND HE HAS THE BACKING OF A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS!!!!

JUST HOW MUCH MORE ‘CHANGE’ DO YOU THINK YOU CAN STAND?

Posted by: tillerylakelady | October 20, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

TilleryLake, are you really Rush Limbaugh?

Posted by: Donny | October 20, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

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