GOP govs jockey for political edge in shutdown

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Associated Press

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 5 at 4:04 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Ambitious Republican governors across the nation — from New Jersey and Louisiana to Wisconsin and Michigan — are pitching themselves as can-do politicians and highlighting bipartisan records of achievement.

This, with no end in sight to the federal government shutdown.

Their goal: Draw a contrast with their prospective presidential challengers serving in Congress who have sided with a vocal band of Republicans whose demands that Congress defund the health care law helped trigger the shutdown.

The fissures within the ranks of the possible GOP presidential candidates illustrate a broader party split.

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