Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Friday that the weaker-than-expected national jobs report could have been stronger if not for Paul Ryan and other Republican “obstructionists” in Congress.
“Paul Ryan voted against every single jobs bill sent by President Obama to the Congress,” O’Malley, a frequent campaign surrogate for Obama, said during a morning appearance on “Jansing and Company” on MSNBC.
O’Malley’s knock on the Wisconsin congressman and GOP vice presidential nominee was delivered from Charlotte, where the politically ambitious governor got mixed reviews during his whirlwind week at the Democratic National Convention.
O’Malley’s MSNBC appearance came shortly after Ryan said in a CNBC interview from Nevada that the 96,000 jobs employers added in August “is not even close to what a recovery looks like.”
“I would argue this is the result of failed leadership in Washington, bad fiscal policy coming from the administration,” Ryan said.
O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic National Governors Association, noted that August was the 30th straight month of private-sector jobs growth.
“The reality is there’s always ups and downs in a recovery,” O’Malley said.