Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who serves as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, was the keynote speaker at New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention in Manchester Saturday.
He talked about what he sees as two competing visions in this year’s presidential campaign and the importance New Hampshire may play in the outcome of the presidential election.
"Republicans have a vision of an America that can no longer afford to grow its middle class or send its children to college or to the doctor,” O’Malley said. “An America where jobs and opportunities are shrinking. An America where women’s rights, workers’ rights, even voting rights are all being rolled back.” Democrats, he said, are willing to make “modern investments” in education, infrastructure and other priorities."
He also discussed Mitt Romney’s record as Massachusetts governor and his private sector experience at Bain Capital, where his goal was “to return profits as quickly as possible to a very narrow few rather than to create long-term jobs for the many.”
Governor O’Malley, who has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016, appeared at this same event in New Hampshire five years ago, as a surrogate for Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom he had endorsed in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries.
In a NH Democratic Party press release, Governor O’Malley was called "one of our party’s great national leaders" and cited his signing of legislation to "legalize marriage equality in Maryland".
Besides this event in New Hampshire, the Governor also campaigned in three other states this weekend including Maine, Massachusetts and Wisconsin.