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Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 03/11/2012

Md. Gov. O’Malley touts Gov. McDonnell for vice president, kind of

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) offered a backhanded compliment Sunday morning when asked on national television about
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
the vice presidential prospects of Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), a supporter of Mitt Romney.

“While Maryland’s had a better rate of job creation than Virginia, the truth is Virginia ranks far higher than Massachusetts did under Gov. Romney, so for that reason, I think Gov. McDonnell would be actually a better job creator than Mitt Romney was,” O’Malley said during a joint appearance with his counterpart from Virginia on NBC’s ”Meet the Press.”
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Pressed by host David Gregory about McDonnell’s potential value to a Romney ticket, O’Malley said of McDonnell: “Oh, I don’t know. I think he’s a very skilled leader, and he does an able job as the head of the Republican Governors Association.”

The Sunday show was the latest in a string of faceoffs between McDonnell and O’Malley, who is chairman of the dueling Democratic Governors Association. Both party leaders largely stuck to their talking points when asked about the performance of the economy and the strengths and weaknesses of their preferred presidential candidates.

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