The Republican presidential primary is shaping up to be a battle between the statehouse and the statesmen.
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Current and former governors such as Jeb Bush (Fla.), Scott Walker (Wis.) and Chris Christie (N.J.) are touting their hands-on experience outside of Washington as a major asset against Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee.

But those eyeing the White House from Capitol Hill are punching back, dismissing the argument that being from outside D.C. is better.

“I’m always amused when it is treated as news that governors think that governors make better candidates,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told The Hill on Thursday.

“What America faces is not a management problem, it’s a leadership problem,” argued Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), who recently threw his name into the mix as a presidential contender.