“The other side would have you believe we can somehow eat cake and lose weight. That we can somehow just cut our way to a better future – no need to invest in education or rebuild our infrastructure,” O’Malley will say, according to prepared remarks shared with POLITICO. “We all say we must cut … But you and I know that to make this new economy ours, we must be strategic in how we cut.”
“Creating jobs and expanding opportunity is not only about the spending we cut. It’s about the progress we protect,” he will say. “It’s not only about today’s budget math. It is about giving our children the opportunities they will need to win the future.”
That “cake” line is nothing new – it’s a staple of O’Malley’s campaign-trail rhetoric. But his speech this weekend represents a fresh foray onto the national stage for the Marylander, marking the beginning of his rollout as a messenger for his party.