O'Malley to be in audience for presidential debate

Gov. Martin O'Malley's schedule takes him to Denver on Wednesday, where he will be in the audience for first presidential debate.

Maryland's governor has been one of President Barack Obama's top surrogates this season and will be on hand Wednesday night in the "spin rooms" to try and shape the post-debate news coverage. He'll also likely do some national interviews before the debate.

O'Malley plans to leave for Colorado after the Board of Public Works Wednesday and return Thursday morning, according to a source close to the governor. The trip means the governor will have to skip a planned visit to the movie set for the House of Cards, which is filming in Joppa Maryland.

It's the latest in a long string of national events that O'Malley has been a part of this year. He's visited about a dozen states, including New Hampshire and Iowa, in his role as the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. O'Malley will give up that job in December.