Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Sunday lambasted Mitt Romney for his Swiss bank account and other overseas financial activities, saying the presumptive Republican presidential nominee had “bet against America.”
“I’ve never known a Swiss bank account to build an American bridge, a Swiss bank account to create American jobs or Swiss bank accounts to build the levies to protect the people of New Orleans,” O’Malley said on ABC News’s “This Week.”
O’Malley, making his latest in a string of Sunday morning talk show appearances, squared off against Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who called the issue “a distraction” orchestrated by President Obama’s campaign.
“I don’t blame Governor O’Malley for trying to change the topic,” said Jindal, who argued that Obama’s fiscal policies have been a failure and that Romney has had a “great track record” both as governor of Massachusetts and in the private sector.
Jindal also chided O'Malley, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, for continuing to criticize the tenure of former President George W. Bush.
“This is not about the past, it’s about the future,” said Jindal, who has been mentioned as a possible Romney running mate.
During the segment, O’Malley also defended Obama’s handling of the economy, which he said has been undercut by a “do-nothing Congress,” and said voters should compare Obama’s vision to that of Romney.
“President Obama is not running against the Almighty,” O’Malley said. “He’s running against the alternative.”