MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — An understated, self-described "nerd," Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan says he wants to be part of the national debate over the Republican Party's way forward and is presenting his less-political, get-it-done approach as a model.
The first-term governor and former CEO cast himself as a problem solver with skills to fix the nation's ills, as he hosted a Michigan Republican conference that drew 1,000 national and state party activists. Among them were three potential presidential candidates.
Snyder insists he's focusing intently on governing a state still smarting from the economic recession and on re-election next year in a state where voters aren't convinced he's worth rehiring.
Still, he's calling himself "a reasonable model" but says any consideration of a 2016 presidential candidacy is "a distraction" from governing.