Daniels to speak at CPAC
January 6th, 2011
11:08 AM ET
3 years ago

Daniels to speak at CPAC

Washington (CNN) – A day after remaining coy about any possible bid for the White House, CNN's confirmed that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will speak at a major conservative conference next month which is often seen as a cattle call for possible Republican presidential hopefuls.

Daniels will speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference next month here in the nation's capitol, a CPAC official tells CNN. Politico's Jonathan Martin first reported the story.

Daniels did not speak at last year's conference, insisting at the time that such cattle calls would prevent him from focusing entirely on his job as Indiana governor.

The term limited governor, who previously served as President George W. Bush's budget director, Wednesday told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he won't make a decision about running for president until after the Indiana legislative session finishes in April.

Asked if he's going to make a bid for the White House, Daniels told Blitzer on "The Situation Room" that "I'm not saying that I won't under any circumstances, only that for the moment I'm not."

Besides Daniels, CPAC lists Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and Sen. John Thune of South Dakota as speaking at the conference. All are considered possible 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls.

Three other's considering White House bids, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, have been invited to this year's CPAC but are not confirmed as speakers.

CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mitch is such a poker face. Of course he is running. He is the only one who can put us on that fast track to a great depression.

    January 6, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. PalmReader

    GOPers are barking up the wrong tree by putting Daniels out there as a possible presidential candidate. Guy's old, lacks personality, can't complete a sentence coherently, and is a Bushite to the extreme. Apparently George Will still sees himself as the Beau Brummell heir apparent of Politics, and as such, is the pushing force behind Daniels. Whatever.

    January 6, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Sniffit

    " As we see the effectiveness of the Republican Pledge to America and the new way Washington conducts it's business, certainly more Americans will identify with the Republican Party and the sensibility of conservative governance."

    Surely you're not referring to the "Pledge" that they've already violated and abandoned. Wake up....and take that tinfoil hat off...it's clearly too tight and cutting into your scalp.

    January 6, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |