Washington (CNN) - Potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels irked more than a few conservatives last year when he called for a "truce" on social issues while the country works through its economic problems.
Now he's doubling down on that position.
The Indiana governor and dark horse presidential favorite of many fiscal conservatives told radio host Laura Ingraham he wants to "mute" issue like abortion and gay marriage – at least for a certain amount of time while the country's growing debt is confronted and other economic problems are dealt with.
"I would like to think that fixing [the debt] and saving our kids' future could be a unifying moment for our country and we wouldn't stop our disagreements or our passionate belief in these other questions, we just sort of mute them for a little while, while we try to come together on the thing that menaces us all," he told Ingraham Monday in comments first reported by the Christian Broadcast Network's David Brody.
Daniel's rising presidential stock scored him an invite to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference – the annual gathering of social conservatives which has become a cattle call for wannabe presidential candidates.
But more than a few socially conservative groups were unhappy with the invite and have since said they will not attend the meeting in part because of Daniels' presence there.
"He has flown his white flag and he has surrendered. The foot soldiers in the conservative movement have for so long been pro-lifers. You can't win a national election by throwing these people away. We aren't going to stand for it," the American Principles Project executive director Andy Blom said in a statement last month.