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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 09/06/2012

O’Malley says he’ll ponder political future after November

CHARLOTTE — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday that he and his wife will start to focus on his political future after the November election — but added that they are in no great hurry to figure out his plans.

O’Malley (D), who is widely assumed to be eyeing a 2016 bid for president, has kept a jam-packed schedule at the Democratic National Convention. That has included appearances at numerous state delegation breakfasts — he hit Florida and South Carolina on Thursday — and a convention speech Tuesday that got tepid reviews.

“I’m focused on one thing and one thing only right now, and that is doing what’s best for my own state, which means reelecting Barack Obama president of the United States,” O’Malley told the Post’s Mary Jordan in an interview. “After we reelect the president, then Katie and I will try to figure out what’s next for us.”

O’Malley, who has two years remaining as governor, also talked to Jordan about the future of same-sex marriage nationally. Voters will get the final say in November on Maryland’s new law, which would allow gay nuptials starting Jan. 1 if approved at the ballot box.

“I think that the legal argument of legal protection under the law, in terms of civil marriage rights, is a very strong and compelling one that cannot long be denied under our Constitution,” he said.

In a separate interview Thursday with Post reporters, O’Malley was asked about his first encounters with Obama and Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate.

O’Malley, who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries, said Obama called him afterward to ask for his support. O’Malley later met him in person at a fundraiser, he said.

As for meeting Romney: “I’m not sure that I have,” O’Malley said. “If I did, it was an entirely forgettable moment.”

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