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      Martin O'Malley derides tea party, pushes for stronger middle class

      LOS ANGELES (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has introduced himself to California Democrats with a scathing indictment of the tea party and plans for a stronger middle class to move the country forward.

      The potential 2016 White House candidate told Democratic delegates at a party convention in Los Angeles on Saturday that he's weary of cynicism and government-by-obstruction in Washington.

      The Democrat criticizes tea-party Republicans who he says have been selling the country short. He warns of the danger of cutting education and aid for the needy.

      O'Malley, who received a standing ovation at the end of his remarks, says the country must do more to make sure children don't inherit a lesser nation. And he pointed to job growth in his home state as a blueprint.