Michigan's 'nerdy' Snyder says he's GOP model

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Updated: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 04:15:50 EST

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.

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