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O’Malley, Hoyer, Kaine among opening-night convention speakers

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Others from the Washington region scheduled to address delegates Tuesday night include House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and former Virginia governor Timothy M. Kaine (D), who is running for the U.S. Senate this year.

Hoyer, who is serving as parliamentarian of the convention, is booked during the 5 o’clock hour. Kaine is the last speaker in the 6 o’clock hour. No precise times are included on the schedule.

O’Malley’s prime-time address comes amid a very busy week that got off to a rocky start, with Republicans pouncing on his assessment on a Sunday talk show that the country is not better off than four years ago.

“No, but that’s not the question of this election,” O’Malley said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” when asked the “better off” question on Sunday. “We are not as well off as we were before George Bush brought us the Bush job losses, the Bush recession, the Bush deficits, the series of desert wars charged for the first time to the national credit card.”

In a series of media interviews — and on Twitter — O’Malley sought to clarify his comments on Monday, as he continued to get flak from Republicans and some commentators.

“We are clearly better off as a country because we’re now creating jobs rather than losing them,” O’Malley said in a tweet.

During a meeting with USA Today reporters, O’Malley, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, said he “found myself victim to a word splice” during the Sunday talk show.

“None of us would disagree with the fact that we have not yet recovered from the Bush recession,” he said. “Clearly, we’re headed in the right direction.”

In addition to his prime-time spot, O’Malley is also scheduled to address the convention earlier Tuesday night as co-chairman of the rules committee.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.



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