Daniels drops hints on prospect of presidential bid
April 13th, 2011
09:33 AM ET
7 years ago

Daniels drops hints on prospect of presidential bid

Washington (CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is appearing somewhat so-so about mounting a presidential bid, telling the Indianapolis Star the process is "savage" and suggesting it's likely he'll end up supporting another Republican White House hopeful.

"I like all those folks," said Daniels of the likely GOP presidential field in comments published Wednesday. "Odds are I'll wind up supporting one of 'em, so I've got nothing but good things to say about them."

"I always thought if I had a contribution to make beyond being governor it might be to offer some thoughts like these and support somebody else who might do it. It might still work out that way," the Indiana Republican added.

Daniels, the former budget director under President Bush who - to the chagrin of some in his party - has long advocated the importance of fiscal concerns over social issues, also reiterated that he'll make his final decision soon after his state's legislative season ends at the end of this month.

"It's already, honestly, later than what I thought. I thought that anybody in this odd position would have to have had his hand forced by now," he said.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    I am REALLY hoping he runs.

    April 13, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    The only one with any real accomplishments probably won't run. Its a shame, but he's smarter than the rest by far and knows he won't be able to cram through the cuts he wants without both houses of Congress there. I would like to know why he sold a substantial portion of Indiana's state highways to be run by a Spanish company: fire sales are a bad way to raise cash, especially when you're a government entity.

    April 13, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |

    NO DANIELS NO NO NO NO we want a conservative in office

    April 13, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Seattle Sue

    Why don't the Republicans/Tea Party maybe candidates put on their big girl panties and make a definite decision? They hem and haw about if they will run or will not run, even that great businessman with the one of kind hair do Donald Trump. He sure can't do that in business so I ask what is the problem with them making a decision? Maybe they have more Snake Oil to sell us.

    April 13, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Don't look scared and uncertain now. You know as well as I do that early entries into the GOP race usually do it to gain more time officially fund raising. That means they are usually lesser known and percieved as weaker candidates. Which means that the early birds in, are usually the early birds out.

    So, I understand that you do not want to be the early bird. It also makes you the early target for the inevitable infighting, and it gives stronger opponents more time to prepare against you. But, being the early bird also gives you the chance to set the tone and be percieved as the candidate with the driver behind ideas. It gives you the chance to own the spotlight without having to share it.

    Besides, you are one of the best that the GOT Party has to offer.

    April 13, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He was working for Bush? Didn't he see or understand that cutting taxes sounds good, but how does that help pay for anything when Congress was spending with abandon? Did he ever encourage Bush to veto spending bills that were larger than he had requested? If he didn't, then he didn't do his due diligence.

    April 13, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. jason

    why does it seem that all of the people who want to run as the republican candidate are shameless power-trippers? Is it impossible to just get a moderate conservative running? That's all the republican party needs and they win – but instead they have a constant influx of crazy-talkers that make the republican party look like right-wing extremists. Just because Obama is black and the media has had a field day feeding comfort-food to the writhing racists doesn't mean that a victory is assured.

    April 13, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. fayse

    I don't believe that Mrs. Daniels is on board with this and, we should never underestimate the importance of the First Lady. Many people will take a serious look at who the First Lady would be. Would people want to see Gingrich or Trump's third wives be First Lady? This was also a huge problem for Kerry.

    April 13, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |