Boehner talks up Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels
May 10th, 2011
09:19 AM ET
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Boehner talks up Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

(CNN)–House Speaker John Boehner has his eye on Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels as a potentially formidable candidate for the GOP presidential nomination. In an interview on NBC's "Today" Tuesday, Boehner said he thinks Daniels is "looking pretty seriously at this."

Touting Daniels' record, Boehner continued saying, "[He's] another person who's got a real track record of reform in his state, the kind of reforms that we need to have in Washington, D.C."

But he didn't save his words of praise for Daniels only. The 11-term Ohio Congressman also talked up New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. When asked if he thought Christie would make a great candidate, Boehner said "I do."

"I know him pretty well," he continued. "I think he's done a great job and he speaks English…English like in plain talk." And Boehner believes the soon-to-announce candidate who used to have his job, Newt Gingrich, "brings an awful lot to the debate."

The speaker pointed out that he doesn't expect that "we've seen all the candidates yet."

"There are a lot of candidates and the process of going through a presidential primary will sort out the good from the bad and we'll end up with a good candidate," Boehner said.

When asked by CNN affiliate WISH-TV in Indiana if he is closer to deciding whether he will run for the presidency, the governor said "yes" Monday. His final decision is still a "few weeks" away.

Christie, in a radio interview Monday morning, said, "I am not there right now," regarding a possible bid for the presidency.

Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • John Boehner • Mitch Daniels • Newt Gingrich
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  1. hookiecop

    Daniels = Moved IN Primary Education funding (and other state agency funding) off of Property taxes and onto Sales taxes Then the economy tanks and he has to make two rounds of "emergency" funding cuts in Ed and state agency funding because not enough sales were occurring to generate enough sales taxes. Was told this was a bad idea before it was pushed through Legislature-didn't listen, went for the popular political idea despite logical warnings against idea. His political ambition has continued through his second term-reduced teacher collective bargaining abilities (nationally popular political agenda). Taking public Education money to fund "private" charter schools. Plus: Check out his role in IPL debacle. THIS IDIOT IS DRIVEN BY POLITICAL ABMITION AND NOT BY LOGIC. The children of IN will suffer for years because of his political pandering.

    May 10, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    As usual, all the libtards in here do nothing but repeat their lies and smear about anybody that is actually successfully running a fiscally responsible state. I guess the words fiscal responsibility are dirty words to Democrats. They think the path to success is endless spending, endless borrowing, endless taxing, endless entitlements, endless debt, endless deficits, etc. But the vast majority of Americans have finally count on to their madness and thus was born the tea party movement. 2012 will spell the end to the Democrats and their fiscal insanity. 2010 was just the warm up.

    May 10, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. carrotroot

    Daniels was Bush budget director ... so no thanks, it takes us 3 years to begin righting the ship, lets not but it back into the hands of the person responsible for capsizing it in the first place.

    May 10, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Ernie

    For the good of the Republician Party John Boehner should be replaced as "Speaker of the House". He's weak and cannot get anything done. The Republician Party should start lookking for a replacement for someone who's is strong and is not afraid to stand up to Harry Reid and Obama. The Republicians need a strong leader not someone who is weak. John Boehner can talk the talk but he can't walk the walk.

    May 10, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Jilli

    Two major strikes on Mitch Daniels –
    1 – He was bushs budget director and turned a surplus into a deficit. Major failure.
    2 – His decision to sign the legislation essentially barring Planned Parenthood in Indiana is also a ridiculous foolhardy move that plays to the base yet is devasting to many in his state.

    He's no numbers guy – if he is, he's a poor one. He's also an ideologue – playing politics with womens health care.

    Nope, this clown doesn't deserve serious consideration either.

    May 10, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "I don't have political enemies, I have political opponents.", Pres. Ronald Reagan (or something close to that)
    The current incarnation of Republicans would leave their hero, Pres. Reagan, speechless. I don't know exactly where or when they lost their way, but I suspect that it was at some point during the 1990s. (Contract with America?) Reagan always spoke in terms of plans and visions, never personal attacks and character assassinations. The GOP has lost its' mind.

    To current conservatives, I may sound like a liberal. I am a not. I am a common sense moderate. I just sound like a liberal to you because neo-conservatism has swung so far to the hard right that it makes moderate thinking sound liberal.

    May 10, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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