Obama backs O'Malley at Bowie campaign rally

By Joseph Weber-The Washington Times

BOWIE, Md. | President Obama visited Maryland on Thursday to support incumbent Gov. Martin O’Malley‘s re-election bid and to urge Democrats to vote in November, despite their disappointment with the first two years of his presidency.

“Here’s a man who made tough choices at tough times,” said Mr. Obama, pointing to Mr. O’Malley. “I hope you’re ready to fight for Martin so he can keep fighting for you.”

Mr. Obama arrived at Bowie State University as Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, appears to be pulling away in the tight race with former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican who lost his re-election bid to Mr. O’Malley in 2006.

That Mr. Obama and Mr. O’Malley held their rally at a historically black college in Prince George’s County was no surprise. The county’s large number of Democratic and black voters significantly helped the president win Maryland in 2008 and helped the governor win four years ago.

Mr. O’Malley leads in the polls in a state that has roughly twice as many Democratic voters as registered Republicans. However, he will need a strong voter turnout to win the race.

Mr. Obama‘s praise of the governor stayed closely to O’Malley campaign talking points: that the governor has reduced crime, frozen college tuition costs and made large improvements to public education. He also warned the thousands who attended the outdoor event on a warm fall afternoon that not voting in November could result in Republicans taking control of Congress and stopping Democrats’ progress.

“As long as I’m your president and Martin O’Malley is your governor, we will not allow politicians … to sacrifice your education for tax cuts we cannot afford,” he said. “If everybody who fought for change in 2008 shows up, I’m absolutely certain we will win. The other side is counting on you not to show up.”

Mr. Obama also criticized Republicans, saying they created the nation’s economic mess, have refused to help fix it and will return to the same agenda. At one point, a heckler yelled, “You’re a liar!”

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