Mitch Daniels gets 16 stitches following workout accident
May 20th, 2011
03:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Mitch Daniels gets 16 stitches following workout accident

(CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels received 16 stitches to his forehead after being struck by a door after a workout Friday, his office said.

After finishing a workout at an Indianapolis gym, the potential 2012 presidential candidate was standing near a door that suddenly swung open and struck him. Daniels was transported to a nearby hospital, treated, and released.

The governor is currently recovering at home, his office said.

His spokeswoman Jane Jankowski confirmed to CNN that the governor told her he "uttered a creative expletive" when the accident occurred. He did not provide any further details on the exact nature.

At the hospital Daniels, known for his penny-pinching ways and sense of humor, asked the doctor if he was going to be charged for each of the stitches he was receiving, Jankowski said. He was assured he would not be.

"He seems to be doing fine and is in good spirits," she told CNN.

As of now there are no plans for him to change his schedule next week, which includes a visit to Washington for a fiscal summit and a Republican fundraisers as well as attending festivities related to the Indianapolis 500 race.

– CNN's Kevin Bohn and Steve Brusk contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitch Daniels
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    On his forehead? Why...that could be almost anywhere on his head! Which quadrant?

    May 20, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Can't Wait

    I cannot wait to see the comments here about this. If taking his time to decide whether to run for president means he is not qualified (the common perception from CNN readers), then I cannot wait to see what stupid things they have to say about this.

    May 20, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Sixteen stitches? Struck by a door? Okey-dokey. At least it isn't QUITE as bad as when Bob Dole stumbled off a podium during a speech he delivered on his campaign trail. Oops, my bad. Daniels is still waiting for a yes confirmation from some mythical figure yet to be disclosed before he can decide if he is REALLY going to run after all. So, technically speaking, he isn't a candidate yet. Just wanted to clear things up ... certainly don't want to steal his thunder by starting a rumor that he's made it official.

    May 20, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. ART

    How could anything miss that forehead it takes up 2/3 of his face.

    May 20, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. paul

    Hey, Gov, did that door say "planned parenthood on it"????

    May 20, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. No More $3 Billion Dollars a Yr Bailout to Israel...we are already in the RED for $114 Billion Dollars and still NO PEACE

    16 stitches to his forehead?!

    this guy can't handle a door knob?...Wow! wonder if he can handle his wife divorcing him again!

    May 20, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. vet in texas

    Daniels definitely has ALOT on his mind, I'll bet he was HEAD of the class in school.

    May 20, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. lynn

    Nothing like having a door slam in your face to send a message. Tell your constituents why you feel Indiana has done so well under your leadership. Rusting dead factories, decaying cities, jobs gone from steel mills to India, sure sounds like good leadership for failure.

    May 20, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Squigman

    Shame it wasn't his mouth.

    May 20, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. kinglywarrior

    This is not a "workout accident", this is a "hit by a door because he was standing too close to a door" accident.

    May 20, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Knucklehead

    A clear indication he is unqualified for President.

    May 20, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Ouch. I don't want him for President, but no one should be joking about an injury. Hope he's well, and recovers fast.

    May 20, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    At least he is trying to get in shape for a run that he won't win. Ouch!!! :)

    May 20, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Terry Gloege

    Likely story.

    May 20, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Skybolt604

    To be fair, we are dealing with a "tophead" here, not a "forehead".

    May 20, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. Clwyd

    Sure let's consider putting him in the White House where he will able to do some real damage to himself and the country!

    May 20, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Dan D

    damn, that's one giant forehead

    May 20, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Mark

    That's a lot of territory.

    May 20, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Solar

    Who cares???? Oh I just want to know what health insurance he has :) and how much he pays for it out of his own pocket?

    May 20, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. dwt

    That old "door-hit-me" excuse. I'm sure he's covering up abuse by his spouse.

    May 20, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Dave

    That's what happens when you try to open the door with your head!

    May 20, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Kevin

    lyou guys are ridiculous....a potential candidate is injured and requires stitches...and this is a clear indication that he is not qualified for the oval office? God I hope this rapture does happen tomorrow so i don't have to listen to this crap from Libs anymore...

    May 20, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. RepubliKKKans Suck

    Brain damaged. Well, he's still more qualified than George Bush.

    May 20, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. steve michalak

    the USA electorate will never elect a President with a comb-over.

    May 20, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country, stop the Democrat death spiral in 2012

    An Obama supporter no doubt.... the violent left continues is campaign of violence and intimidation.

    May 20, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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