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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 10/04/2012

O’Malley defends President Obama’s debate performance

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), a regular surrogate for President Obama, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
While the vast majority of pundits scored Wednesday night’s presidential debate in favor of Mitt Romney, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley gamely defended President Obama’s performance during a string of media interviews that stretched into Thursday morning.

In an early morning appearance on CNN’s “Starting Point” from Denver, the site of the debate, O’Malley (D) knocked the Republican challenger for putting forward no new ideas on creating jobs and declining to detail how he would pay for his tax plans.

“He tells us we can all eat cake and lose weight, ‘Trust me, I’ve got a secret plan behind door No. 2,’” said O’Malley, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. “That’s going to wear old with intelligent voters over the course of these next debates.”

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama shake hands during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
In the middle of O’Malley’s appearance, viewers were shown a recorded, less charitable assessment of Obama’s first debate performance by James Carville, the longtime Democratic strategist, who said Romney looked like he wanted to be there while Obama did not.

“The president didn’t bring his ‘A’ game,” Carville said.

Asked about that comment, O’Malley replied: “This was the first day that was not a disastrous and miserable day for the Romney campaign in many, many weeks.”

O’Malley, who won re-election in 2010, added: “I’ve been in these debates, and always it seems the challenger has an edge in that very first debate.”

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