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Posted at 7:41 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

O'Malley says tax deal not perfect, but backs Obama

By John Wagner

Thumbnail image for O'Malley measures.jpgMaryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) voiced support Wednesday night for President Obama, who has been under fire from some in his party for his deal with Republicans that extends Bush-era tax cuts.

In a statement, O'Malley focused primarily on a part of the deal that continues long-term unemployment insurance through the end of next year.

"The president understandably felt a responsibility to protect millions of families who were about to have their life-line cut-off by House Republicans in their blind zeal to secure ever deeper and longer lasting tax cuts for millionaires," O'Malley said. "While this deal is not perfect, the president has clearly demonstrated his commitment to millions of families who continue to be hard-hit by the on-going effects of the Bush recession during this holiday season."

O'Malley's statement comes a week after he was elected chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, a perch that others have used to boost their national profile. In his statement, he is speaking only for himself, not the DGA.

While supporting Obama, O'Malley also takes a clear shot at Republicans: "It is a sad day for the once proud Party of Lincoln when the Republican leaders in Congress would put the short-term financial interests of millionaires ahead of the immediate needs of unemployed American families, and the long-term fiscal health of our nation."

By John Wagner  | December 8, 2010; 7:41 PM ET
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