GOP governors take a pragmatic turn

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Associated Press

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Republican governors who worked to thwart President Barack Obama's agenda for much of his first term are shifting gears and softening their rhetoric.

Why?

Obama's run was extended for four more years and they're facing their own re-election.

GOP leaders are offering more cooperation on health care changes and spurning tough talk on immigration.

For many, it reflects not only the needs of their states but also the realities of the political calendar: Nearly two dozen GOP governors elected in 2009 and 2010 could face voters again.

The shift has been evident on health care.

Seven states led by Republican governors are pushing to expand Medicaid under Obama's health law. Governors in Florida, Ohio and Michigan have sought the expansion.

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