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Republican Governors Take Aim at Obama's Health Care Olive Branch

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Despite President Obama’s support for a proposal that would give states the chance to opt out of requirements of the nation’s health care reform law earlier than previously allowed, two leading Republican governors on Monday said the administration’s olive branch was not enough.

While meeting with a bipartisan group of governors at the White House, the president endorsed a plan that would let states come up with alternative health care plans through a waiver process starting in 2014 -- three years earlier than current law allows.

“The waiver really doesn’t address the major structural flaw that all of us are facing right now,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry told reporters in Washington on Monday. “I have great concern that the administration is not going to go forward with the flexibility that we’re asking for.”

Perry, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, added “governors just want freedom to manage their states as they and their citizens see fit.”

The wide-ranging discussion, which included Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, touched not only on health care, but also on the president’s budget, competitive governors’ races, the 2012 election and the current political tug-of-war in Wisconsin.

The RGA announced that starting on Tuesday it would begin running a “Stand with Scott Walker” campaign in Wisconsin that will include television and radio ads on behalf of the Republican governor who is locked in a dispute with Democrats and unions over his plan to take away public employees' collective bargaining rights.

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New GOP Governors Introduced to RGA; Focused on Budgets

Photo Courtesy - Governor [dot] State [dot] MN [dot] US(SAN DIEGO) --  Like a proud parent, Republican Governors Association Vice Chairman and outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was happy to show off a crop of newly-elected governors to a crowded room of RGA donors, members and the media.  As he introduced each of the five “new faces of the GOP” Wednesday afternoon, Pawlenty mentioned the amount of money the RGA contributed to the efforts of many of those campaigns.

Of course, it helps Pawlenty, a likely 2012 nominee, to get close with many of these newbies.  Governor-elect Nikki Haley hails from South Carolina which hosts one of the first primaries in 2012.

The four other panelists on the “New Faces” panel, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Corbett, Nevada Governor-elect Brian Sandoval and New Mexico Governor.-elect Susana Martinez, represent swing states that will be key to the chances of any Republican nominee in 2012.

Aware of the bleak fiscal situation facing them when they take office in January, the newly-elected executives said they were focused on being honest with voters about the difficult cuts and choices that await them.

Ohio’s Kasich, whose state is looking at an $8 billion budget hole, told his colleagues that “you weren’t elected to be re-elected.”  When it comes to shrinking the size of government, he said, you can’t “play favorites.  If [government programs] don’t work, get rid of them.”

Haley, who survived a rough-and-tumble primary and general election campaign, told the audience, “We have to be honest with the people of our state.  We need to say this is going to hurt.  We’re going to struggle.  But we have to make sure we don’t make political decisions the first year.  We make the right decision.”  And, she noted, “if we do that, we will come out of this challenge in year two and three stronger and more competitive than when we started.”

What was as notable was what the governors-elect didn't say. There was no talk of social issues, and even health care reform barely was addressed, though it’s clearly unpopular among this crowd.  Instead, the focus was almost 100 percent on economic and budgetary issues.´╗┐

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