GOP Governors Oppose Obama's Agenda

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Republican governors appear to be opposed to much of President Barack Obama's agenda for state governments. During interviews held on the sidelines of the National Governors Association meeting over the weekend, numbers of them expressed their fundamental opposition to several of the president's key policies.

Many, if not most, are opposed to Obama's health care plan, several are turning down federal funds for high-speed rail construction, and others are backing legislation that would weaken the unions.

"Republican governors are doing what they said they would do as candidates," Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said.

"All this goes back to our commitment in the last election that we're going to get control of spending for the sake of the taxpayers," he said.

Newly elected Pennsylvania Gov. Tim Corbett said their positions stemmed from "fundamental disagreements" more than politics.

"It's not a conspiracy. It's not that we're doing this for a political reason to go after the president," Corbett said.

"We have fundamental disagreements. We have different perspectives," he said. 

A broad consensus of Republican governors opposed Obama's economic stimulus plans as well as his moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico following last spring's massive oil spill.

After midterm elections, most of the 26 states opposing the president's health care plan now have GOP governors. Last month's ruling in Florida by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson that Obama's plan is unconstitutional have buoyed decisions to refuse to implement the plan in their states.

"We cannot sustain it. We cannot afford it," Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said. "We believe that the federal government just needs to get out of the way and let us run the states."
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AP contributed to this report.

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