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Posted at 08:11 PM ET, 09/23/2011

O’Malley talks jobs, Terps uniforms on ‘Morning Joe’

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) talked up President Obama’s jobs bill and defended some of the president’s other priorities -- as well as the new Maryland Terrapins football uniforms -- Friday on “Morning Joe.”

O’Malley’s appearance on the MSNBC talk show hosted by former congressman Joe Scarborough came toward the end of a trip to New York that started Wednesday. Some highlights:

• On whether Obama was in campaign mode during his visit Thursday to a dilapidated bridge that connects the home states of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky: “I think he’s a lot more comfortable in the fight when he’s standing up for an expanding and growing middle class and he’s talking about real things that affect real people.”

• On whether Obama has been laser-focused on jobs: “The president has a lot of things that come on his plate. You know, when he wakes up in the morning and they say, ‘We think we’ve found bin Laden,’ he can’t say, ‘I don’t want to deal with that. I’ve just got to stay on message here.’”

• On the GOP presidential contenders: “They have no plan. They have no agenda.”

• On what he sees as a contrast between actions of the president and those of Boehner and McConnell: “What’s becoming more and more clear with every passing day is that one person, the president of the United States, is fighting to create jobs, and these other two guys are doing everything than can to keep anything from happening.”

• On whether Obama lost focus with health care: “In our efforts to get the details of health care done, I think we lost track as a party of the broader message, which is that we can’t have a competitive economy if every month and every year our businesses are shelling out 17, 20 percent more for health care instead of investing in the skills of their people, the modernization of their plants and the competitiveness of their products.”

• On the Terrapins new uniforms: “I like them. ... I’m having a suit made that’s very much like them.”

By  |  08:11 PM ET, 09/23/2011

 
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