O’Malley on 2012, Romney, Obama and McDonnell
In a rare opportunity, NBC12 was granted a one on one interview with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. We talked to O’Malley Tuesday night from Baltimore as the polls were closing in his state’s GOP primary. O’Malley is a rising democratic star and shares much in common with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
We talked about his relationship with McDonnell, the GOP primary and President Barack Obama‘s prospects for November.
The full interview can be seen below:
Tuesday night on NBC12 we took an in-depth look into the relationship of O’Malley and McDonnell:
BALTIMORE, MD (WWBT)- The State of Maryland is solidly blue and its votes probably won’t have that big of an impact on the general election, but it’s governor just might. Martin O’Malley is a rising democratic star, who may one day be a candidate for president himself. He shares quite a bit in common with our Governor Bob McDonnell.
“On a personal level, Governor McDonnell and I get a long fairly well,” said O’Malley.
And why shouldn’t they? They are both military veterans, Irish Catholics, with big families and important jobs. They both also serve as the chairs of the republican and democratic governor’s associations. But despite all they have in common, when it comes to practical politics O’Malley and McDonnell couldn’t be more different.
“I believe the way me move America forward is by not treating like an old car that you stop repairing when it gets old,” O’Malley said.
O’Malley believes that republicans like McDonnell, are advocating policies that keep the country locked in neutral. He was particularly critical of Virginia’s past general assembly session. A session he believes will resonate into the presidential election.
“We have very different views when it comes to workers rights, when it comes to women’s rights and when it comes to voters rights,” said the Maryland Governor.
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Governor McDonnell’s spokesman Tucker Martin issued this statement in response to our interview with Governor O’Malley.
“Governor O’Malley is a really nice guy who just happens to really love raising taxes. Right now he’s trying to increase taxes in Maryland on everything from gas to income to cigars, and he’s already pushed through numerous other tax hikes. Governor McDonnell likes and respects Governor O’Malley, but he strongly disagrees with his persistent desire to always take more money from hard-working taxpayers.”
– Tucker Martin, Director of Communications