U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., holds a cheesehead hat with a drawing of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on the top while presenting to Branstad during the Iowa governor’s birthday bash and fundraiser, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Altoona, Iowa.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Governors get things done.
That’s the message from state leaders who are considering a White House run as Washington slips deeper into political paralysis.
Ambitious governors long have cast their accomplishments in contrast to the capital’s gridlock. But three years from the 2016 election, several governors are trying to grab more of the national spotlight, while Congress earns all-time low approval ratings.
In events Saturday evening in two important early voting states, Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., was trying to highlight that contrast and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was trying to fight that image of the nation’s capital.
In the emerging 2016 field, governors with little national recognition are competing with better-known Capitol Hill figures burdened by the baggage of working in Washington.
“We’ve got to show America we’re not just the opposition party, we’re the proposition party,” Ryan said, suggesting an approach for his party in Congress to an audience at Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s annual birthday fundraiser outside of Des Moines.
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