Governor Rick Snyder has laid to rest speculation that he might not seek a second four-year term in 2014. The governor told an audience of local government officials meeting in Grand Rapids that he'd like to serve eight years - if voters will have him.
Snyder would face a difficult re-election bid if he were running today. Polling suggests more than 60 percent of voters don't approve of the job he's doing. But a little more than nine months into the job, Snyder says he's got time to change some minds, and he'd prefer not to be a one-and-done governor.
"The voters have to decide that but as a practical matter, I think it's something that would be a great opportunity to serve our state for eight years," he says.
Snyder was trying to end speculation that he might already be a lame duck based on comments he made last month at a Republican conference on Mackinac Island. He said he'd consider stepping down after one term if he completed his agenda in four years. The governor says his words were "mis-interpreted."