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GOP govs jockey for political edge in shutdown

BOSTON (AP) — With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, Republican governors eyeing the 2016 presidential race are pitching themselves as can-do politicians and highlighting records of achievement.

Although unstated, their goal is clear — draw a contrast with their prospective presidential challengers on Capitol Hill aligned with a vocal band of Republicans whose demands that Congress defund the health care law helped trigger the shutdown.

"Republican governors are not going to take it anymore," says Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, among those state leaders and potential presidential candidates using the shutdown to try to position themselves as outsiders at a time of voter disgust with Congress and anyone connected with Washington.

Writing this week in an opinion piece, Jindal added: "We are not going to allow the Republican Party to be defined by the dysfunction in Washington."

From New Jersey to Wisconsin to Michigan, governors with national aspirations are sounding similar tones. Their potential 2016 competitors now in Congress — including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — have been relatively silent about a government shutdown that has closed national parks and forced hundreds of thousands of employees out of work and threatens to further damage the Republican Party's image.

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