DNC star: Swiss bank accounts

September 4, 2012

Mitt Romney's Swiss bank account has gotten a lot of attention at the Democratic convention.

Here's Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley: "Swiss bank accounts never built an American bridge. Swiss bank accounts don’t put cops on the beat or teachers in our classrooms. Swiss bank accounts never created American jobs!" 

O'Malley followed with a line not in his prepared remarks: "Just because you bank against the United States of America doesn't mean the rest of us are willing to sell her out." 

He raised the specter of a Romney presidency with budget priorities that would undermine critical American values.

O’Malley offered a full-throated endorsement of President Obama and warned that Republicans would offer “a country of less” in a speech Tuesday that came at a key juncture in O’Malley’s own political career.

“How much less, do you really think, would be good for our country?” O’Malley asked. “How much less education would be good for our children? How many hungry American kids can we no longer afford to feed? Governor Romney: How many fewer college degrees would make us more competitive as a nation?”

O’Malley, who has used his post as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association to boost his national profile in recent months, asked delegates to “see the faces of your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents. They did not cross an ocean, settle a continent, do hard, backbreaking work so their children and grandchildren could live in a country of less.”

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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