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October 7, 2010

Obama stumps for O'Malley today

President Barack Obama will swoop in to Maryland today with one task: Energize the Democratic base for Gov. Martin O'Malley. It will be his 59th stop in the state, making Maryland the president's favorite destination.

The president will want to reel in voters who might otherwise sit out this election, particularly in the Washington suburbs and Baltimore where O'Malley is wooing African-Americans.

Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich played down the appearance saying Wednesday that it would be unlikely to change any minds. It's no surprise, he said, that a Democratic president would want a Democrat controlling Annapolis. But Ehrlich is frequently quick to add that he too would work well with the president.

RNC spokesman Parish Branden predicted that Obama's remarks would be "another hollow stump speech" and stressed that Maryland employers cut 5,700 jobs last month. Maryland GOP chair Audrey Scott has planned a 12:30 p.m. conference call with reporters, which will likely touch on the same themes.

Nationally, other candidates haven't embraced the President, as the Washington Post observed in a story today, but there doesn't appear to be a significant political downside to the President's presence on the Maryland campaign trail. Sen. Barbara Mikulski has also touted the stop as support for her campaign.

Obama will give his speech at Bowie State University in Prince George's County. Former President Bill Clinton is also planning an event with O'Malley in Baltimore on the eve of early voting. There had been some talk about a second Obama appearance (or maybe Michelle) in Baltimore, though with a pair of polls showing O'Malley solidly ahead of Ehrlich, the First Couple might be deployed elsewhere.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 5:30 AM | | Comments (6)
        

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All the dems are running AWAY from this loser and another loser wants him here to help?

How'd that work out in VA, Mass and NJ?

Anon,

President Obama has a pretty high approval rating in Maryland

Why not Carroll County? Frederick County? Oh yeah...no one would show up. Except to boo them both off stage.

I know you wing nuts feel out of place in Maryland

You're right, larry g -- let's throw a billion dollars at a study to find out why that is. Hey, it'll create or save three jobs!

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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