Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder isn't yet announcing his re-election bid, but he said Friday there's still a lot he wants to accomplish that may spill into a second term.
The Republican governor told The Associated Press in an interview that he's excited about continuing his administration's efforts to match more residents with good-paying jobs. It's an initiative he expects to keep pushing until Michigan goes from being the state that lost the most jobs during a decade-long economic slump to being the one creating the most.
"I call it the 'three C's': Collaborating with the private sector, creating talent in terms of working with our educational institutions, and then connecting those two worlds," Snyder said. "It could be the single most powerful thing that we're going to do while I'm in office ... I view this very clearly as a leadership opportunity that's for the benefit of all Michiganders."
A political neophyte when he won the governorship in 2010, Snyder said he's learned after a year and a half in office that "things don't happen overnight." He said that's where persistence pays off, one reason he's considering another run in 2014 and the chance to stay on as the state's CEO through the end of 2018.
"I'm not officially announcing I'm running, by any means," Snyder said. "But there are so many things I want to do that I hope people are excited about what we've accomplished and say, 'Shouldn't we keep this team going?'"
Snyder spoke with the AP at the Ann Arbor offices of Ardesta, the investment firm he founded and oversaw for a decade before running for governor. He won after coming out on top in a five-way GOP primary, then beating Democratic Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. A multimillionaire, Snyder spent nearly $6 million of his own money on the race.