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Local Setbacks Vex GOP Governors Eyeing 2016 Race


WASHINGTON (AP) - Many Republicans see their party's governors as innovative policymakers and potential presidential candidates. But some of these governors are struggling with political or ethical problems that might crimp their ambitions.

Govs. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana suddenly find themselves fending off critics and trying to shore up their legacies.

Governorships can be springboards to the White House. But the high visibility also can lead to painful falls.

McDonnell confronted questions Tuesday about an FBI inquiry into gifts he accepted from a wealthy Virginia businessman. He said the businessman received no special treatment.

Jindal had to pull back his ambitious plan to replace Louisiana's corporate and personal income taxes with higher sales taxes. His popularity has sagged lately.


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