FORTUNE: Mitch Daniels tips his presidential hand
May 13th, 2011
12:56 PM ET
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FORTUNE: Mitch Daniels tips his presidential hand

FORTUNE – Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels still hasn't decided whether he's running for president, but he knows time is running out. "I have to make a decision within a few weeks," he said in an exclusive interview with Fortune.

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Of the many possible Republican contenders, Daniels has attracted the most speculation because his success fixing Indiana's fiscal mess positions him best to address the nation's looming debt crisis. Pundits, including Time magazine's Joe Klein and the New York Times' David Brooks, have publicly urged him to run, and many Republicans have beseeched him privately. He has said he'd make no decision until after the Indiana legislature concluded its session - which it did at the end of April - and the demands of fundraising probably require that any candidate declare his or her intentions by June. So Daniels knows the clock is ticking.

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  1. Paul, MN

    The look in this man's eyes says it all. Mitch Daniels is the spitting image of insane Neo-Facists of the 1940's. One would be
    out of their minds to trust this guy as President of the United States. He wears the face of treason and destruction.

    May 13, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Rev Mkell,

    Then he can kill Planed Parenthood nation wide!! That will lower abortions paid for by Federal funds (as in none, it's been illegal since the 70's to use fed funds) and raise the cancer death rate for breast and cervical cancer!! But since it would mostly effect poor women and they don't normally vote GOP, no big loss!

    May 13, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS

    You recently signed a bill against Planned Parenthood Mitch. Good luck trying to get the female vote. I don't even have to mention you were George W. Bush's Budget Director.

    May 13, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    He's pro-abortion. He won't win.

    May 13, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. ED FL

    Looks like it is GOP philanderer season.It is easy to see what the credentials for GOP candidates are. Open season on private lifestlyes and choices bring out the nasty during the election season. Lets find out what are the GOP standards for honorable marital standards and family choices ..You could not buy a book with this type of activity and personal conduct.Let er RIP GOP'ERs.

    May 13, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Hey, he defunded Planned Parenthood after calling a truce on social issues. I guess PP does not qualify as a social issue. I dunno. All that matters is that once he signed the bill, then he's building a record so that he can run for POTUS.

    May 13, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. cybexg

    I've lived most of my life in Indianpolis, Indiana. I am usually middle of the road when it comes to politics. However, Mitch's policies have done nothing but harm to Indiana. I hope, for the sake of the country, that this man does not become president.

    May 13, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Sarah B.

    Mitch Daniels is: 1) the architect of the economy during GW Bush's terms; 2) He is 5'7"; 3) He has the charisma of a dead toad; 4) He is trying to hard to be a conservative on social issues, but appeal to independents at the same time. It's got him tied in knots.

    Bottom Line: this guy just isn't president material. No one can get excited about this dud.

    May 13, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    GOP in pathetic situation, they are begging candidates to run

    May 13, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |