Daniels remains 'muddled' about 2012 bid
April 25th, 2011
09:29 AM ET
4 years ago

Daniels remains 'muddled' about 2012 bid

(CNN) – Mitch Daniels is nearing his self-imposed timetable for making a decision about a presidential run, but the Indiana governor says his thought process on the issue remains 'muddled.'

Yet Daniels - the former Bush budget director whose cause célèbre was deficit reduction before deficit reduction was cool – added that if he does pull trigger he will get serious in a hurry.

"I don't want to leave a misimpression. If we get in, we will go all out, and we know a little about how to do that," Daniels told the Washington Post in comments published Monday. "So reluctance or hesitation about running doesn't mean we would be a reluctant candidate if we got there."

Daniels has repeatedly said he would make a presidential decision shortly after the Indiana legislature wraps up business at the end of April.

One factor that is clearly playing a role in Daniels' decision making is the impact a national campaign would have on his wife and four daughters. In an interview last month, Daniels' wife Cherri expressed some trepidation about the prospect.

"It's very flattering, of course, to be talked about for that position," she told CNN affiliate WSBT before an appearance in Elkhart, Indiana. "But there are many, many things to consider and it affects our entire family. And it affects us for not just what might be four years or eight years, but for the remainder of our lives as well."

Asked about how his family is playing into the decision process, Daniels told the post: "I don't have much more to say about that. It's just a very important factor."


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  1. lynn

    Seems evert Republican and their dog is running for President. If they all think they can do a better job than a Democrat, then why weren't they watching the Store when Bush baby was at the cash register?

    April 25, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Daniels has some deep hidden secrets that he doesn't want to expose because he continues to give the same answers over and over again like he's looking for someone to save him. Daniels knows you can't go around them or under them, they will be exposed.

    April 25, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Governer, do you fear that not winning will undermine any chance at a future campaing? You should.

    April 25, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    He is the one candidate I would like to hear from. Hopefully one with reason, and sensibility, more than religious fervor.

    April 25, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Bosco

    As a Hoosier that has endured 8 years, I am not suprised that he is muddled. He is the male version of Sarah, just in it for the publicity. He suffers from "Little Man's". He is a bully that hides behind his legislators.

    April 25, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Larry L

    Sad the Republicans didn't have the level enthusiasm we're seeing for politics to use for leadership during the long and painful Bush Administration. Their greatest hope is the continued hatred of the right-wing for all things not-white and the amnesia the entire conservative voting body maintains regarding the Republican mismanagement of America. Hate is powerful and delusion convenient.

    April 25, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Bessy

    All of the Republicans are " muddled " about everything that concerns this country. All they want to do is keep the rich, and get them richer, at the expense of the poor, middle class and seniors. People were blindsided by their promises when they voted them into office and hopefully these same people have learned their lesson. The Repugs have done NOTHING and will do nothing. All they are good for is bad mouthing the Obama administration and all they want is to destory it. They really don't care how they achieve this.

    April 25, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. diridi

    just vote all these idiotic GOP out....that's it...nation benefits....Obama 2012....listen to me....you are benefited....we are on right track economically....

    April 25, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. DENNA

    "Muddled" just about describes the entire Republican party. These fools ran on a platform of jobs, but have not created a single bill that would help put America back to work. And they are so afraid of their Tea Party masters that they can't even make a decision that does not include giving President Obama a hard time. The Repubs could be the party to beat if they would just put America back to work. But no, they are wasting time on the birther non-issue and trying to prevent American from getting decent health care. Seriously, why are any of them actually running? They apparently don't care about real Americans.

    April 25, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Clwyd

    Daniel's is just totally muddled! Just the kind of leadership the republicans would want!

    April 25, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Kenny K

    The Republicans mentioned "JOB" many times in every speech they give before the 2010 mid-term election, and you rarely here the word in their speeches this time around (after the election).

    April 25, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Ed FL

    Please Mr Daniels get unmuddled so you can get really MUDDIED. Your manifestations as governor have been real helpful to get President Obama re-elected '. You and your FELLOW GOP Mobsters in the Mid States are going to be Obamas Biggest asset. Keep up your good work and taking away the help of the poor, weak and downtrodden by the Likes of you Walker and a couple of other Hateful Governors should change the GOP from Grand old Party to the Gay Old Party because of your hate and mean spirited treatment of the needy. have your fun now ,You may have to look for a real job soon.

    April 25, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Greg in Arkansas

    George W. Bush administration budget director pretty well sums "his" idea of how to turn a budget surplus into a deficit....just what we need:(

    April 25, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. LovesIrony

    Yet Daniels – the former Bush budget director whose cause célèbre was deficit reduction
    HA HA HA HA HA
    Funniest thing I've read in a long time.

    April 25, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Daniels has no credibility when it comes to the economy; his unwillingness to admit that tinkle-down voodoo economics is a failure and that tax cuts for the rich DO NOT result in job creation here in the US show that he's incapable of admitting his mistakes learning from the past.

    No wonder his thinking is "muddled" ... he's clueless!

    April 25, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. GI Joe

    Where are the jobs? Not one jobs bill - nothing out of the cry-baby led republican congress. What a bunch of MUDDLED republicans – the whole lot of them.

    WE DID NOT VOTE FOR TAX CUTS FOR WEALTHY - WE VOTED FOR JOBS.

    April 25, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |