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Scott Walker among GOP governors using shutdown to political advantage

National Governors Association (NGA) Executive Committee member Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks after meeting with U.S. President Bar
National Governors Association (NGA) Executive Committee member Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks after meeting with U.S. President Bar

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Republican governors with presidential aspirations are using the federal government shutdown to highlight their state achievements. 

Wisconsin's Scott Walker is just one possible 2016 White House hopeful positioning himself as an outsider, as people's confidence in Washington is plummeting. 

This week, Walker blamed both parties on Capitol Hill for the shutdown that's now in its fourth day. He said Washington should be more like Wisconsin, where he led majority Republicans in eliminating a large budget deficit. 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took out a TV ad to highlight his cooperation with Democrats on a new spending plan.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said G-O-P governors will no longer allow the Republican Party to, "be defined by the dysfunction in Washington." 

The governors are following a time-tested political playbook. Four of the last six presidents have been state governors -- all of whom portrayed themselves as effective alternatives to ineffective Washington politicians. 

A couple of those Washington leaders are also in the mix for the 2016 GOP White House nomination. 

Janesville House Budget chair Paul Ryan is laying low on the rhetoric, while working with GOP leadership on its next moves. 

A CNN poll late last month showed that only 10 percent of Americans approve of Congress in general. A Quinnipiac University poll last week showed that congressional Democrats are faring better, with 32 percent support to 17 percent for the Republicans.

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