Md. Gov. O'Malley says Americans are better off

September 7, 2012 - 8:49 AM
Democrats 2016 and Beyond

In this Sept. 4, 2012, photo, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. President Barack Obama may face the voters in two months, but several Democrats are already laying the groundwork for a future White House run. Up-and-coming Democratic stars like O'Malley, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, Booker and others are making the rounds before state delegations and at private events surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he didn't mean to say people are worse off than four years ago when he made that remark earlier this week.

O'Malley says he was, quote, "word-spliced" after appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation."

The Democratic governor was asked if he could honestly say people are better off, and the governor answered, "No, but that's not the question of this election."

Appearing Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," O'Malley said Americans are indeed doing better.

He says, quote, "Yes, of course we're doing better when America is creating jobs, and we are creating jobs."

O'Malley adds that the U.S. has not recovered all the jobs lost during the recession, and says that is what he was talking about in the first place.