Created: Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:18:21 EST
Updated: Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:18:21 EST
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Governors get it done.
That's the message from state leaders who are considering a White House run as Washington slips deeper into political paralysis.
Ambitious governors have long 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.
Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland is trying to highlight that contrast, while Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is trying to fight it.
Governors with little national recognition are competing with better-known federal lawmakers who carry the baggage of working in Washington.
On Saturday evening, O'Malley is courting voters in New Hampshire, home of the leadoff primary. Ryan is headlining a fundraiser in early-voting Iowa.