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O'Malley's Speech Addresses Economy, Middle Class

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley came out swinging against what he says are three decades of failed conservative economic policies. While he says some Democrats have been complicit in fostering a tax code that tilts toward the wealthy, the governor lays blame on the GOP.

"Trickledown economics has been an abject failure for 99 percent of Americans," he says.

O'Malley highlighted Maryland's investments in infrastructure even as the federal government has cut transportation funding. Parts of the governor's speech soundly like a thinly veiled platform for a potential Democratic presidential primary bid.

"In Maryland, we passed civil marriage equality. In Maryland we expanded early childhood education in order to close the achievement gaps between white and minority students, and we created health enterprise zones to improve quality and access to care in underserved communities," he said, addressing the crowd.

David Madland is the director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress, where the governor delivered his address. He says he won't offer a guess as to O'Malley's future plans, but does say the governor laid out a vision that should appeal to progressives.

"I think he's ambitious in wanting to highlight all the good things he's done, but I don't know where he's going," he says.

While O'Malley's record may make him a contender in the next Democratic presidential primary, for now pundits are keeping their eyes on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose popularity, and national stature, seem to be giving her an early leg up in a contest that's still years away.

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