Don't blame me for the shutdown, lawmakers plead

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LANSING, Mich. - State lawmakers and governors are trying to distance themselves from the federal government shutdown in case angry voters decide to hold politicians everywhere responsible.

The state officials in Michigan, Iowa, Missouri and other states are pointing out how they completed budgets and resolved partisan differences without paralyzing state government. Republican lawmakers were especially outspoken in the Midwest, where the party depends on the support of moderate independent voters.

After the government shutdowns during Bill Clinton's presidency, many voters blamed Republicans and punished the party in the next election.

The shutdown began last week after tea party congressmen tried to block funds for President Obama's new health care program.

Govs. Rick Snyder in Michigan, Terry Branstad in Iowa and Jay Nixon in Missouri say they resolve conflicts without such tactics.

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