Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels still deciding on presidential campaign
April 30th, 2011
03:34 PM ET
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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels still deciding on presidential campaign

(CNN)-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' potential run for the Republican presidential nomination is still up in the air. The governor refused to settle the will-he-or-won't-he question Saturday when he told reporters "you can't announce a decision you haven't made."

When a reporter pointed out that the issues Daniels has handled as chief executive of Indiana are similar to those of someone who may have ambition for higher office, Daniel quipped, "It occurred to me while I was making my breakfast this morning, if I switched from oatmeal to corn flakes, someone would say it's a move to the Iowa Caucus. It's just a weird time."

And later, the potential GOP contender downplayed a possible run when Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosna jokingly referred to a desire to work on a Daniels-for-president campaign. "Nah," Daniels interrupted. "There's a non-starter."

He insists that his top priority as governor is to serve Indiana and settle issues with state lawmakers before he weighs a presidential bid.

One of those is a controversial bill that would strip Indiana's Planned Parenthood chapter of $2 million in federal funds that the group receives to provide preventive health services for women. Daniels has committed to sign the bill, which passed both houses of state legislature with bipartisan support.

"It's not the first right-to-life bill I've signed that's consistent with policy that I've always had," the second-term governor asserted.

"Any of the seven organizations that are likely to be affected here can requalify for Medicaid funds immediately if they simply cease or separate their abortion activities."

Planned Parenthood slammed Daniels for his decision Friday in a statement. "Clearly, Governor Daniels would rather play politics with women's health than show leadership and fiscal responsibility in rejecting a bill that will ultimately cost the state millions in federal funding," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

But Daniels argued that he's merely following the lead of Indiana's residents. "This expresses the will of the people of Indiana and I had no basis of overturning it, and have no intention of doing so," he said.

And of his long-awaited announcement, Daniels stated he will decide, "As soon as I've come to rest in my own mind what the right decision is."

CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Indiana • Mitch Daniels
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. GL

    Yes it is because he just thow away all women voters if he signs this bill to please the far right Tea Baggers.

    April 30, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Patrick from Minnesota

    Why are these guys even debating whether Daniels would run or not? He told us two weeks ago he was officially NOT running!

    April 30, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared war on YOU!

    Daniels has already flip-flopped on is "no-social issues" pledge. Still, as a former Busch budget director overseeing the policy failures of his Friedman/Rand cult, he had a huge role in sending the economy into the toilet. Americans will not forget how disgustingly greedy and uncaring his Bushco reign of error was, and how badly it damaged millions of Americans and the environment.

    April 30, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. rusty155

    I have live In Indiana all my life and I don't It every being on any voting ballet. And no body every ask me about plan parenthood and should we keep It. Shouldn't something like this be voted on by the people of Indiana. And just not decided by the people In the state House. So don't write and say GOV. DANIELS that what the Indiana Residents Wanted, because most of Indiana Residents are TEA PARTY member. I don't believe in abortions , except maybe In the case of rape or something like that. You TEA PARTY and republican keep saying you want less Government , but It look to me what you really mean Is you want the more Government to control people. This Is something that the people of Indiana voted on , not what people in the State house wanted. MR. Daniels I voted for you for both term you ran for GOV. But if you run for anything else , you would never get my vote. I can't believe you let the tea party talk you in to something like that. Everybody know Plan Parenthood can use federal dollar for Abortions It against the LAW. Plan Parenthood just help woman with health care. All this Is just TEA PARTY bull crap. I'm sorry MR. Daniels I really thought you were a better man than that.

    April 30, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Dawn

    Daniels seems to have forgotten that all 50 states vote for a president. If he ever plans to run, his vote to defund Planned Parenthood will doom him. Women are tired of being treated as second class citizens.

    April 30, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Georgia L

    Just what we need, another person willing to throw women's rights under the bus, although I am sure we are not the only target on his list. I am increasingly glad I am fairly old, and not likely to see the full consequences of this country's march to the new feudalism.

    April 30, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. lynn

    We used to live in Hammond, Indiana, Mr. Daniels, but escaped. One of the poorest parts of the U.S., jobs left with the steel mills and nothing to replace them. It's a very depressed area, the Gary-Hammond south end of Lake Michigan is a sorry mess, and this guy thinks he has the answers for the entire Country. Tell me another funny one after you clean up your own backyard (or front yard).

    April 30, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Tennisman

    Mitch Daniels is the only one out there that I have seen, who ALWAYS speaks clearly and plainly what's on his mind! And aside from his now and again use of a humorous quip, his spoken words are always thoughtful and balanced. He, more than any of the other possible contenders, would make a terrific candidate and an even better President of The United States. I hope and pray that he will accept the call to that highest of all offices, at a time when America needs a leader much like he has been for Indiana.

    April 30, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    He should save his money. Scar-face is a republican, and all THEY want is POWER.

    April 30, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Daniels is playing hide and seek with people, if he feels he'll get over whelming support that will over shadow his past, then he'll run. In other words, Daniels is betting on people being stupid and none caring.

    April 30, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. lou

    The republican party seems to be going on the attack against old people and poor women. Why don't you club some baby seals while you're at it? If anyone had any doubts that the grand old party has turned into an exclusive rich, white guy's party, this year should erase all doubts.

    April 30, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Advice to Daniels: Don't Run. He should be ashamed for pushing women's health care back into the Dark Ages.

    April 30, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Jeff in Virginia

    George W Bush wasn't a culture warrior either, but you didn't see him trying to stop the culture warriors. Remember that.

    April 30, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. Kara

    I always said he was a liar.

    April 30, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Terry - Indiana

    This is the man! He is about to sign a bill that stops funding to Planned Parenthood, claiming that Planned Parenthood provides abortion services. Little does Daniels know, the Federal Government made it illegal for funds to be used for that purpose. Daniels and the Republicans provided huge tax cuts for corporations, which fits right into the Republican Plan to walk over the working class in their attempt to win the White House. However, if Daniels becomes the nominee for the GOP, it all but guarantees four more years for President Obama, and that seems dumb, no matter how you slice it. Ask Daniels about the jobs he created in Indiana. Once again, poor choice.

    April 30, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. w l jones

    Leader lead by example So far nobody have came forward with any new ideal that would change the way this economyIs moving . In all my life I have never seen so many distrust our business men and women may I say they know what an how to get our economy moving so give them time you you will see.

    April 30, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. dentalflstyc

    Isn't it about time this guy politically self-destructed? (extra-marital affair, airport mens room, leasing thestate toll road to foreign companies–wait, he did that last one)

    April 30, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. paul

    Would he sell off the defense department (like he did the toll road) to a foreign country so he could balance the budget????Does he expect to receive the majority of women vote when he is assaulting their health care???? Will he name the tea baggers to cabinet positions??? Will he run the economy like he did when he worked for Bush?? As you can see, a lot of question marks on this guy.

    April 30, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  19. mike

    here we go again another idiot who wants to control women lives well if old mitch wants to play this game then let the games begin as a taxpayer I don't think that the taxpayers should pay for these women to have children and if that child becomes an orphan then the taxpayer shouldn't have to pay for that and if this child has a mental or physical condition and requires medical treatment for the rest of there lives then the taxpayer should not have to pay for that and if this child goes to jail for the rest of there lives because they were unwanted because the same people that wanted them now are no were to be found then the taxpayer should not have to pay for that

    April 30, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    His title should read. "GWB budget director, and Indiana State Dictator"

    April 30, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. pat

    explain why a MAN is making decisions regarding a WOMAN's right.

    April 30, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. tready

    It looks like Ron Paul will run. The American people better get behind him. It’s probably our last chance to save the nation and prevent the slide into grinding poverty and third world status.

    April 30, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. fayse

    But,, his wife is not on board with this. Never underestimate the importance of the woman who would be first Lady.

    April 30, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. larry

    Obama's mother was 17 when he was conceived. Think about what would have happened if there were a Planned Parenthood and she had gone there for help!!!!

    April 30, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. Mr. Ed

    I sorry but, someone just told me that Geo. Schwarttz Soaros is going to run in 2012 and A. Huffingtown is going to be his sidekick, so nobody with any common sense should run.

    April 30, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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