An understated, self-described "nerd," Governor 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-partisan, 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, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
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.