Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks during U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraising steak fry last month in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Aides that say O’Malley, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, was asked by President Obama’s campaign to be among the surrogates available to the media to assess the faceoff.

O’Malley has some pre-debate media interviews planned, an aide said, and will be stationed in the “spin room” to talk to reporters once Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have left the stage.

Before departing, O’Malley still plans to chair a long-scheduled meeting of the Board of Public Works, Maryland's three-member panel that approves state contracts, among other duties.

O’Malley, however, has scrapped a planned afternoon visit to the set of “House of Cards,” a Netflix original series starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright that is filming in the Baltimore area.

And he will miss a fundraiser Wednesday night in Baltimore for Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), whom O’Malley is supporting as his successor in the 2014 election.

O’Malley, who is widely believed to be eying a 2016 run for national office, is scheduled to fly back to Maryland on Thursday morning, an aide said.