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Eyes on 2016: Political leaders urge voters to look to the governors

By Thomas Beaumont & Steve Peoples

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Nov. 16 2013 8:32 p.m. MST

Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., offered a similar message in a speech to state leaders in Washington. "Real reform happens in the states," Walker said, according to prepared remarks from the closed-door speech.

Ryan has his own challenges as an eight-term congressman.

Gallup found this past week that just 9 percent of Americans approve of Congress' job performance, a record-low. The Pew Research Center found in October that just 1 in 5 surveyed said they trust the government in Washington to do what is right most of the time, while 8 in 10 said they only sometimes or never trust it, reflecting near record levels of distrust.

Back in New Hampshire, the state's Democratic Party chairman noted that presidential primary voters on both sides "have an inclination to support governors" over members of Congress.

"Being a governor of a mid-sized state is not a bad place to start when it comes to New Hampshire," Ray Buckley said of O'Malley.

Aides to O'Malley suggest that he would not seek the Democratic nomination if Hillary Rodham Clinton were to enter the race. But his status as a Washington outsider offers O'Malley a unique argument in a Democratic field whose strongest prospective contenders are capital insiders — Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden.

On the Republican sideGov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., hasn't ruled out running. Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., has tried to raise his national profile as leader in a state where unemployment has dropped more than 6 percentage points since he took office in 2011.

Four of the last six presidents have been governors.

AP Director of Polling Jennifer Agiesta contributed to this report. Peoples reported from Manchester, N.H.

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