Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Sept. 4. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“Instead of losing jobs as a country, we’re actually gaining jobs as a country,” O’Malley told Candy Crowley, host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked about the strength of the economy in light of a sluggish growth rate of 1.3 percent for the second quarter.

O’Malley, who appeared in a segment with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), said the economy would be doing better if Republicans in Congress weren’t blocking the president’s jobs initiatives.

“I think they’ve been trying hard,” O’Malley said of what he characterized as Republican efforts to stymie Obama.

It was O’Malley’s first appearance on a Sunday show since right before the Democratic National Convention, when he drew flak for answering “no” to a question on CBS’s “Face the Nation” about whether Americans are better off than they were four years ago.

O’Malley later said he was “word-spliced.” The rest of his answer focused largely on problems he said Obama inherited from the Bush administration.

On CNN on Sunday, O’Malley, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, was also pressed by Crowley about the possibility his party could lose as many as four of eight gubernatorial races taking place this fall in states that currently have Democratic governors.

O’Malley said that Democrats were being “greatly outspent” but suggested many would ultimately “come through” in November.

“This is a competitive time,” he said.