MISSOURI

What’s Next for Nixon?

Governor beginning to take on some national profile.

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Sept. 20, 2013, 7:07 a.m.

Gov. Jay Nix­on (D) “has carved a de­cidedly lim­ited pro­file out­side the Show Me State. That’s be­gin­ning to change. After a high-pro­file vic­tory over the GOP-dom­in­ated state le­gis­lature’s tax cut pack­age last week, Nix­on is start­ing to take on more of a na­tion­al pro­file. To wit: The New York Times ran a lengthy piece on his tax fight last week; Nix­on will be be­side Pres­id­ent Obama in the state Fri­day at an event play­ing up the state’s auto in­dustry; and Nix­on is set to speak at next week’s Clin­ton Glob­al Ini­ti­at­ive in New York to talk about dis­aster re­sponse.”

In an in­ter­view, Nix­on said that “he’s start­ing to feel more com­fort­able bring­ing his mes­sage to the na­tion­al stage.” Nix­on: “My fo­cus wasn’t as much on the broad­er na­tion­al trends. … Now, as you get in­to your second term… I just think there is a zone here where we can solve dif­fi­cult is­sues and move for­ward, and I’m go­ing to be talk­ing about that in a little broad­er way than I have been the first four years here.”

Nix­on “played up his state’s di­versity and its former status as a polit­ic­al bell­weth­er.” He “won reelec­tion in 2012 by 12 points — even as Pres­id­ent Obama lost the state by 10 points.” Nix­on rules out a Sen­ate run but is “more non­com­mit­tal out the idea of run­ning for pres­id­ent in 2016 or — per­haps more likely — be­ing someone’s vice pres­id­en­tial run­ning mate.” Nix­on: “It’s just really not on my mind right now. … I just think you stay fo­cused on try­ing to be an ef­fect­ive gov­ernor and bring­ing people to­geth­er and try­ing to get things done. And I’ll worry about my­self on down the road.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)
— Ju­lie So­bel

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