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

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
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Tony from Brooklyn

    I hope that Mitch Daniels enters the race. I can't wait for him to explain how as head of the OMB under W. he oversaw one of the biggest increases in the national debt, turned a surplus into a deficit, excluded the cost of two wars from the budget, and helped to engineer a financial collapse. Bring it on.

    May 10, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Frank

    This is just another GOP candidate whose so-called "reforms" will prove to be destructive and ineffective once in place. Boehner is way ahea of himself. Wait for the destruction of the middle class in Indiana...

    May 10, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Seattle Sue

    Boehner is right Gringrich does bring a lot of awful to the debate. Didn't Daniels work for for GW Bush? Yes, so that makes him partial responsible for the mess our country is in now. Mr. Boehner says Daniels speaks English, is that a Republican code word? I believe all of our elected officials speak English. Well I'm not sure about Haley Barbour.

    May 10, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS

    "[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."

    Yeah right. He's Bush's former budget director. He's got the type of reforms that will make sure that we stay in a permanent recession.

    OBAMA 2012

    May 10, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I think he's done a great job and he speaks English…English like in plain talk."
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    Yes by all means it is important to continue the Dummying Down of the American Electorate by providing them with candidates that communicate with them at a third grade reading/speaking level. It would be a disservice to Americans to give them credit for undertanding multisyllabic words, long-term economic concepts, and a foreign policy that DOES NOT involve a lot of false bravado, loud-talking, and guns ablazing!!

    I got news for you Boo-Hoo, Americans are tired of being treated and governed by IDIOTS, that is why we elected President Obama and he is doing a phenomenal job. Fell free to look up the word "phenomenal" Bonehead.

    May 10, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Daniels sold the management rights to some of Indiana's highways to a Spanish company: fire sales rarely work as a long -term means of balancing a budget, and the idea of any governor willingly selling infrastructure to a foreign entity makes me question his strategic planning ability. Christie would have trouble winning his own state, since he has not come up with a long-term plan to attract and keep businesses within the state. The so-called " straight talk " is nothing more than empty rhetoric designed to give him a second term and to give the appearance of accomplishments. Gingrich does bring a lot to the table: a lot of baggage, and lot of doubts as to whether his new-found reilious conversion is real. He is still employing the same divisive, arrogant vocabulary he used as Speaker, and that is not what you want to see in a prospective president. He is impulsive, and lacks self-control. Daniels is clearly the best of the bunch, but the fact he being so cagey says a lot about what he thinks his prospects are.

    May 10, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Publius Novus

    @Tony from Brooklyn. I'm with you. I couldn't have said it better myself. It is incredible to me that this guy is touted as a great fiscal manager.

    May 10, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Greg in Arkansas

    Check into his dealings with Indiana Power and Light.....does ENRON sound familiar???

    May 10, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. PalmReader

    "In an interview on NBC's "Today" Tuesday, Boehner said he thinks Daniels is "looking pretty seriously at this."

    Quite the opposite, John-Boy. Daniels has been hedging and fudging for months, most likely because Daniels has a lot of explaining to do over his involvement in Bush's Pharmaceutic give-a-ways, (the cost of which was never added to the Bush budget, but rather, kicked down the road for the next President to deal with) as well as his tenure as President of Eli Lilly during it's days of massive corruption.

    May 10, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It takes a certain amount of insensitive chutzpah for Daniels to come waltizing into the political fray aas if he had no hand whatsoever in one of the worst financial debacles of modern times.
    I gotta hand it to you GObPers you certainly have got some shameless cojones about you; it doesn't cease to amaze me how you can prance around running for political office and asking for donations from the people whose pension and/or 401ks you pretty much decimated.
    How do you do that so shamelessly???

    May 10, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Ooh, ooh, please let Newt run. He has so much dirt that we can dig up and put on display. Someone mentioned that he is impulsive and lacks self-control. Amen to that.

    Remember back when N. Korea tested an atomic bomb? Do you remember the solution that Newt touted on Sunday morning talk shows? Newt proposed that we hit N. Korea with an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) weapon to "take out their nuclear capability". An EMP would destroy electronic systems and power grids, all of which can be repaired or replaced in short order. What is staggering to note is that an EMP is a thermo-nuclear device. Newt was advocating open nuclear warfare against N. Korea.

    May 10, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Question to the Boner: Do you realize you are an idiot? You and your congressional destroyers of the middle class ran on, "Jobs, jobs, jobs." After four months of your inept leadership, only three bills have come to the floor of the house, and they about about eliminating funds for abortion, defunding our affordable health care, and the Ryan plan to eliminate medicare. Where is any republican plan that would create jobs? FIRE BONER 2012!

    May 10, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. j

    AAAHHHHHHH !!!!! The Boner- He was signing off quietly on every spending bill during the Bush years without a peep about "wasteful" spending. --- Now he has done a 180 and doesn`t want to spend a dime !?!?!?!?--- Talk about inconsistancy. The diehard, rich Repubs are busy preparing for a long, world wide, deep recession/depression they see is likely just around the corner.--- Everyone else is "thrown under the bus".

    May 10, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Jess C

    This Weeper Speaker is so messed up on his own high he continually tries to sell us snake oil. This is laughable! Daniels is partially responsible for this economic mess and he thinks anyone is going to fall for his endorsement? Poor GOP, they've really gotten desperate. Boehner, you're really pathetic in this role; a complete failure to date.

    May 10, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. PalmReader

    "I think he's done a great job and he speaks English…English like in plain talk."

    Hey, Boehner. It's not Daniels English which concerns me, it's his decision making. Just can't understand how anyone who was as involved in the decision making process causing the biggest recession to hit America as Daniels was could ever consider himself worthy of being given another go at it. As it is, Boehner seems just as willing as Daniels to bring us back to the brink of disaster, with HIS latest *red meat* gotta appease the GOTPers BS.

    May 10, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. Paul1st

    Boehner is almost pleading for somebody – anybody – credible to step up as a GOP candidate. The current pool of possible candidates look like the cast of a new NBC reality show "Clown School" where Trump gets to choose the valedictorian. (If NBC uses this idea, I want royalties!)

    May 10, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "he oversaw one of the biggest increases in the national debt"

    He's hiding behind a carefully woven fantasy tale about how he fought tooth and nail to force Congress and Bush to be more fiscally conservative but, alas, was jus a cog in the wheel and had to deal with what they gave him. That kind of silliness will be enough to convince the segment of the population out there that is desperate to believe him that he's the only one who can fix the budget. Of course, the media will allow him to control the discussion by focusing on the issue in this manner, but will skip any investigative journalism into just what kind of role he played in the accounting shenanigans in which the Bush administration engaged in an attempt to hide the ballooning deficit and debt caused by the GOP's tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the obscene reliance on borrowing money from China. I expect we'll have to hear alot about what a wonderful fiscal conservative he is, but not very much about whether there's any real truth to or support for the claim.

    May 10, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ronald Reagan must have had Boner in mind when he said, ". . . government is the problem . . " FIRE BONER 2012!

    May 10, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder what Boehner would say about the other candidates. What would he toute for Gingrich, Romney or Palin? How about the tea partiers that would skin him because he isn't in lock step with their thinking or their agenda?

    May 10, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. FRANK FROM LAS VEGAS

    I think that anyone that Boner gets behind is in trouble, but Daniels? He was the budget guy for Bush! Remember the surplus turned into a deficit! Two wars not paid for, huge programs not paid for, etc, etc. This helped ruin our country, has done even more to ruin Indiana and now wants to be president? But then again it did come from Mr. Boner who even lies about his name, there isn't one language on this planet where "BOEH" is pronounced BAY. Come on John, start your honesty with your name, it'd pronounced BONER.

    May 10, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Greg in Arkansas

    Daniels sold the Indiana Toll Road to a Spanish/Italian consortium for a tenth of what it is actually worth. He has broken the back of every state employee's union. And worst of all, the state has lost tens of thousands of high quality manufacturing jobs on his watch. Some have left the country, most have just left the state.
    In January 2001, upon his appointment as Director of federal Office of Management and Budget, Daniels resigned as a member of the board of Indianapolis Power & Light Co. and sold the $1.45 million he held in company stock. Later, that year, Indianapolis Power & Light Co. was bought by Virginia-based AES Corp. After the stocks dropped, the IPL shareholders lost thier butt, their investments but Mitch made a bundle before the stock tanked....

    May 10, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Beverly - NYC

    Another person for reform, huh. Funny I thought that's what you and the other Republican obstructionist were doing Mr. Boehner. While Mr. Daniels' ability to speak english is a plus for the tea bag 20%, the rest of us question his inability with numbers since he was the budget head presiding over a very deep recession. Do you need him to finish the job and send us into depression? Is Mr. Boehner telling us that Daniels is the best of the worst?

    May 10, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. BB

    The GOP has nothing. Embarrassing for them that they have to promote the likes of Newt Gingrich and Mitch Daniels as being 'exciting candidates'.

    If they had only been working for the people decades instead of their own self gain – they would not have fell into such a deep pit of irrelevancy. Sad that they trashed a once Grand Ole Party.

    May 10, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Question to the Boner: Do you realize you are an idiot? You and your congressional destroyers of the middle class ran on, "Jobs, jobs, jobs." After four months of your inept leadership, only three bills have come to the floor of the house, and they about about eliminating funds for abortion, defunding our affordable health care, and the Ryan plan to eliminate medicare. Where is any republican plan that would create jobs? FIRE BONER 2012!
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    Quite true, quite true. So who the hell is Boner to endorse anyone is my question.
    If I were the Weeper of the House I'd be lookign for a new job, he is sooo NOT equipped to handle his current position.
    Don't start crying Boner, you can go pick vegetables under the hot Arizona sun. Just make sure you show 'em your birth certificate first.

    May 10, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. ed

    As long as our next president is a conservative republican, I don't care what his or her name is. Just please, God, don't let us have to suffer through another term of BO BO stinks. The sooner the sooner all the democraps are gone the better.

    May 10, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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