Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) pledged on national television Sunday to work together to convince Congress to head off the worst of the sequester cuts that would affect the defense industry in their two states.

“This sequester stands to wipe out a lot of hard-fought job gains in Virginia and in Maryland,” O’Malley said during an appearance on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.” “So for whatever our differences might be, we understand that this is an economic threat, this is going to hurt a lot of moms and dads in our region who go to work every day.”

McDonnell, who appeared on the program along with O’Malley and two other governors, said the federal sequester, set to take effect Friday, “was put in place to be a hammer, not a policy.”

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