O'Malley responds to McDonnell attack

Manchester, N.H. -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley  said Friday that he took no personal offense at the attack lobbed at him by neighboring Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and has not watched the video posted on the Republican Governors Association website that says Marylanders are "singing the blues" because of O'Malley's tax hikes. 

The Maryland governor brushed off the Republican barbs as "not uncommon" though he did note that the GOP typically puts out a statement.

"These guys worship at the altar of deeper and longer lasting tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans," O'Malley said. "We have a balanced approach in Maryland."

On Thursday as O'Malley stumped in Wisconsin for Tom Barrett, a Democratic candidate in a pitched gubernatorial battle there, the Republican Governors Association posted a video on their website trying to associate the Wisconsin Democrat with O'Malley's recent decision to raise taxes on Marylanders making over $100,000.

O'Malley is in the midst of an ambitious four-state tour that appears to be entirely tied to his job as the head of the Democratic Governors Association. After events in Madison and Milwaukee, O'Malley stopped in Massachusetts. He arrived in New Hampshire this evening and plans to go to Maine tomorrow afternoon.

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