Martin O'Malley, a former mayor of Baltimore and a former governor of Maryland, said during Saturday night's Democratic presidential debate that he was "the very first post-9/11 mayor and the very first post-9/11 governor."
"I am the very first post-9/11 mayor and the very first post-9/11 governor," said O'Malley, who was mayor from 1999 to 2007 and governor from 2007 until January of this year.
"I understand, from the ground up, that when attacks like San Bernardino happen, when attacks like the attacks of 9/11 happen, that when people call 911, the first people to show up are the local first responders."
Christopher Massie is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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