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O'Malley, McDonnell oppose automatic federal cuts

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governors of Maryland and Virginia say they agree that huge, automatic federal budget cuts set to begin this week need to be avoided.

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, left, and Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland speak on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington, Sunday, February 24, 2013. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, and his Virginia counterpart, Republican Bob McDonnell appeared Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."

The $85 billion in cuts that are scheduled to begin taking effect Friday would have a big impact on Maryland and Virginia due to proximity to the nation's capital.

O'Malley says they are job-killing cuts, and the country can't cut its way to prosperity.

McDonnell says cuts indeed are needed, but not with such a heavy burden placed on defense under the plan.

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