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Obama to join O'Malley on campaign trail next week

Ann Marimow

(This post has been updated since it was first published.)

President Obama will campaign for Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Oct. 7, according to two state Democratic sources.

A location has not been finalized, one source said. But another said Prince George's County, specifically Bowie State University, was the likely venue.

One day after O'Malley visited the White House for a bill signing ceremony, his reelection campaign also got an on-air boost from the president.

In a new 60-second radio ad, Obama credits O'Malley for making "tough decisions to put education, safety and job creation first." Without mentioning O'Malley's opponent by name, Obama frames the rematch with former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) as a choice between "moving forward" or slipping "backwards" and refers to O'Malley as "my friend."

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The ad, which is scheduled to air today on stations in Baltimore and next week in the Washington area, puts to rest questions about whether Obama would lend his support to the campaign.

In a state where the president is still popular, Obama's stamp of approval could mobilize voters such as African Americans, who the governor needs to retain his job. O'Malley said Monday that he also hoped Obama would make an in-person appearance on the campaign trail before the election.

"I look forward to him coming to Maryland," O'Malley said.

--Ann Marimow and Aaron Davis

By Ann Marimow  | September 28, 2010; 12:46 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, Aaron C. Davis, Ann Marimow, Barack Obama  
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In support of President Obama's agenda is the only reason O'Malley will recieve my vote, that and the fact that Ehrlich is the worst of the two. Besides, Marylanders can not afford to allow a republican in office during the redistricting period.

Posted by: tobmore | September 28, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Erhlich should be in jail right now because of the things he did as governor, not on the campaign trail.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 28, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Ehrich is by far the better candidate, and person. But since he lives in a State that is uncapable of electing the best candidate, and only cares about party affiliation, he probably will lose.

Today's front page article about the MOM coverup on jobs is a perfect example of how partisan politics works in Maryland.

If it's not good news, suppress it. MOM should be ashamed.

Maryland might be the only state where an Obama endorsement would be seen as a positive.

Posted by: terp4303 | September 28, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

So let me see if I understand this >>> President Obama wants the good people of Maryland to vote for his friend >>> his friend who recently tried to cover up important information regarding the state of the unemployment condition in Maryland >>> his friend, who continues his crusade around the state touting the Maryland education system as #1 (based on who's counting as published in the WAPO - which btw endorsed the President's friend), while the education system in Prince George's County is at the bottom of the list (in the state re performance) >>> his friend who subsidized the cost of a college education by freezing tuition for many students in the Maryland higher education system - that do not live in Maryland.

I am truly disappointed - having been a hard working volunteer for President Obama - while his friend told Prince George's County and the world - that our now President "lacks" the leadership experience to even hold the office.

I simply cannot fall for the spin Mr. President. Not this time >>> not this year >>> not this election!

One thing this recent employment figure cover-up attempt to fool the good people of Maryland proves is that you can get data ... statistics to tell whatever story you like ... so much for statestats.

But you know the real sad message in this story is this ... while the uneployment rate in the state may be 7%+ (who knows the real #) - the rate in the African American populated Prince George's County has got to be even greater (if measured and reported honestly) - and the leaders in Prince George's County have allowed the President's friend to just get away with this lie ... this cover-up with no so much as even a public "shame on you". How sad that they are still so start struck by the possibility of the President coming to town - that they forget the people in their communities that are hurting, struggling, and disquieted.

Posted by: EIEAR | September 28, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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