Here is a story I missed when I was away recently—Martin O’Malley praised Perry for supporting instate tuition for illegal aliens in Texas.
From the Baltimore Sun blog (emphasis mine):
Arguing that both political parties need to create a “new narrative” as the nation heads into a polarizing 2012 presidential election, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday that none of the leading GOP candidates have “offered policies that are terribly different than the ones that got us into this mess” and he predicted that President Barack Obama would be reelected despite sagging poll numbers.
Speaking to a regular breakfast gathering of political reporters in Washington, O’Malley also offered sly praise for the leading GOP presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for supporting a 2001 law in Texas that permits some illegal immigrants to attend college at in-state tuition rates. The law, similar to one passed in Maryland this year, has recently been used against Perry by his Republican opponents.
“One thing I do like about Perry — I do like the fact that he recognizes that fair is fair and if a family’s paying in-state taxes, they should pay in-state tuition,” the Maryland Democrat said at the breakfast, hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “I think he’s right in making that assertion… Just because Congress can’t get things done and just because we can’t overcome our current affliction of xenophobia and have a rational immigration policy again, is no reason to condemn hardworking kids.”
In the Republican presidential debate on Monday, Perry defended the Texas law against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who vetoed a similar proposal in 2004. “I’m proud that we are having those individuals be contributing members of our society, rather than telling them, ‘you go be on the government dole,’” Perry said during the debate. [Isn’t subsidizing college educations for “kids” who can’t then legally work in the US part of the “government dole?”—ed]
Hang Obama around O’Malley’s neck!
Near the end of the piece we again see mentioned that O’Malley likely has Presidential aspirations himself. I sure hope everyone is keeping every photo of the cozy-looking duo—O’Malley and Obama—handy for 2016.
O’Malley has become increasingly more engaged in national politics since taking the chairmanship of the Democratic governors group, fueling long-held speculation that he has ambitions to run for president, possibly in 2016. Asked about the emerging field of GOP candidates for 2016, O’Malley said, “I’m not, as a Democrat, afraid of their bench.”
The governor declined to say whether he intends to face off against those potential candidates himself.
“I think we’ll probably just go to another question.”