Daniels: President Obama is in ‘desperate’ political shape
September 25th, 2011
11:10 AM ET
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Daniels: President Obama is in ‘desperate’ political shape

Washington (CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels chose not to join the Republican race for the presidential nomination in 2012, but weighed in on front-runners and the political landscape Sunday.

“I don’t have anything original to say,” about the GOP field, Daniels said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” but noted, “the two governors … for the most part seem to be the predominant personalities in the race,” referring to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

And he sees 2012 as an opportunity to capture the White House from a “desperate” president.

Daniels, who served as political director for President Reagan, wouldn’t jump to conclusions about the viability of Perry’s presidential prospects, though Perry has been scrutinized for his stance on immigration, blunt remarks and debate performances.

“I think it’s way too early,” Daniels said. “There are so many of these [debates] - too many, maybe.”

“I’d cut him a little slack, give him a little time.”

But right now, the second-term Hoosier governor would like to hear more about “the things that have a lot of zeroes attached” from the presidential pack.

“This president is clearly in very desperate political shape and seems more desperate every day,” he said.

"The GOP nominee is playing as the default option…that is a missed opportunity.”

“It is a mathematical fact that we are headed for debt levels that we cannot sustain,” Daniels argued. “It is very clear that nations that go past a certain point of debt do not recover.”

And he warned that “the promise of America” is starting to fray around the edges but proposed one method of avoiding damage from the nation’s increasing debt.

“They’ll have to stop sending checks to the wealthiest Americans,” Daniels said.

He advised, “The sooner both sides start concentrating on that problem, the sooner we can get on the way to an economic recovery.”

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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. lynn

    Spoken like a true Republican Gov., check on your own state of Indiana Mitch, if you live north of Indianapolis, you live in poverty and decay. As one who escaped NW Indiana, the fact is the Gary/Hammond corridor isn't one you drive through, but detour way around.

    September 25, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Mankind

    This guy is a future VP prospect. I can imagine he wishes the economy to fail too. What will he do if Repubs win? Would they finally ask congress to spend to revive the economy? Hopefully too much damage would not have been done. Politricks = fooling the people into thinking you have a better alternative.

    September 25, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. GI Joe

    PRESIDENT Obama is not desperate - the GOP is desperate to take control of this country and turn it fascist (corporatist).

    People keep saying President needs to do this and that - wake up people, the republican-controlled House MUST APPROVE ANYTHING THAT GETS DONE AND THEY ARE OBSTRUCTING E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. THIS IS NOT A DICTATORSHIP. It is our Congress that will not allow anything to happen.

    September 25, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Clwyd

    Yet is is laughable that now a Pizza salesman comes forth to lead the republican party? This opposition for Obama does not exist even if he is in bad shape. He looks like a million dollars compared to the pizza salesman, the crazy lady, the two religious cult members, the guy who wants to secede, the frugal guy who has a $500,000 credit line at Tiffany's. LOL!

    September 25, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    And whose's fault is that? If the GOP who had controll during 2001 to 2008 (White House and Congress for much of that time) had actually bothered to reduce the spending that they did and kept the tax rates the same, then there would be less debt now. I'm not saying that Obama is blameless, but he would have less of a problem now if the GOP had actually been the fiscal conservatives they said they were.

    September 25, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Marie MD

    This daniels was on the Daily Show pushing his book. Even Stewart, who is usually not too hard on his guests, went after him about the way he went after Obama.
    You can't have bipartisanship if your thoughts are negatives and this guy's pretty much sucker punched the President time and again.
    Just another republikan with no solutions just more desperation because the field of candidates is a bust!

    September 25, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. The RNC (Righteous Neanderthal Circus)

    As the farce of "say it until they think it is true" continues;
    If the Repubs/tee-buggers weren't responsible for screwing everything up when they had the power to do everything they wanted for past thirteen years, including filibustering every effort of policy and including all cabinet nominations, thing during Obama’s years – then yes, Obama would be vulnerable.
    But since the facts are the opposite and the Repubs/tee-buggers have continued to do everything to halt any progress in the Senate and Congress – Americans know who was and who is still screwing everything up.

    September 25, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Does anyone really care what this little weasel has to say?

    September 25, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Former Republican

    Time for some new hair plugs Mitch!

    September 25, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    “This president is clearly in very desperate political shape and seems more desperate every day,”

    Really who is in desperate shape?
    Party with out presidential candidate?
    House speaker can’t deliver any thing?

    President approval ratings are low I agree why he is not fighting back
    There is no good candidate in GOP side so only alternative voters have give back the congress to democrats

    September 25, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Anthony

    Obama is in bad shape, unless you look at the polls that say he is still beating Perry and Romney in head-to-head matchups. Obama is also leading Perry and Romney in the swing states. The GOP is the one in desperate shape. They cannot find someone who can beat Obama even though Obama is in bad shape.

    September 25, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Indy

    Desperate would be putting a Republican back in the Whitehouse,Republicans have never helped an economy and are not for the people, unless they are wealthy people or corporations. If a Republican was to get back in the Whitehouse they would finish off middle class people once and for all, Lord knows they dont care that they have ruined the economy and will stop at nothing to have all the money and power in the US to themselves.

    September 25, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. thomas

    Yes he is ,
    Thanks to the GOB obstructionists who only want deregulation and less oversight. !

    For the second week in a row, Republicans called for the downsizing of federal regulations in the private sector.
    “We Republicans say, enough is enough,” said Sen. Susan Collins
    What a Bimbo Collins is , doesn't she remember 2008 , Wall Street , Country wide, Lehman Brothers ? How dose a person with so little memory hold public office ?

    September 25, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. W L Jones

    Political !! the president in shallow water while the crop of Republican candidate in deep water. Not one have broad forth one new ideal that would get us out of this ression only talking point from some body else speech. Bless

    September 25, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Hot Dog

    This guy is pathetic. The Republicans continue this coded language to incite their base, especially those that are less educated and live in rual America. If people would really check this guys track record why would any one give credence to any thing that he would say? He was a part of the Bush administration. No one with the Bush administrtion has yet to admit that mistakes where made during the tenure of that administration.

    September 25, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Just a thought

    How's the view from the cheap seats gov? HA HA....Obama isn't in desperate political shape; this country is in desperate economical shape due almost totally to you and your cohorts in the Re-Dumb-lick-um party.

    You idiots always blame Obama, but do not provide any reasonable solutions. You would think the people (THE GOP) that created this problem, would have a clue how to get out of it. Yet we've heard nothing; frick'n crickets dudes.

    September 25, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Name king

    Hey these repugs want to give the country to corporations to invest in the global market, then tell the gullible in america that this is certainty. I wonder what they'll do when countries like Greek kick thé bucket taking down the global economy with it. It would be ironic because all these repugs talks about is uncertainty, yet they want to ha e the country play all their cards in the most uncertainty place they can ever be, the global stock markets.

    September 25, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Ron

    Yeah, you keep thinking that. I read that nearly ALL of Louisiana's GOP voted to require cuts to offset FEMA support! Maybe, like W, they'd like to forget a couple of storms like Katrina, Rita, and Gustav??? Those idiots. And the bigger idiots are the republicans who will vote for them again.

    September 25, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    I think the republicans would have us attack Iran immediately. That alone is reason enough to NOT let them back in the whitehouse until after the next Iranian election. People over there want a change in their government also, not war.

    September 25, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. GI Joe


    Obama is in bad shape, unless you look at the polls that say he is still beating Perry and Romney in head-to-head matchups. Obama is also leading Perry and Romney in the swing states. The GOP is the one in desperate shape. They cannot find someone who can beat Obama even though Obama is in bad shape.

    Obama is NOT in bad shape – that's the propaganda spread by the people that have obstructed every good idea he has had for the AMERICAN PEOPLE. CONGRESS is the problem, not President Obama.

    September 25, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. keeth

    Mitch Daniels gave an interview on The Daily Show recently. I used to have respect for this man. While he speaks of unity, he trashes Obama using highly divisive words. I've asked my family members who live in Indiana what they think of Daniels. Sure, he balanced the budget, but he did so on the backs of the schools and the middle class. He might be soft-spoken and highly regarded in some circles, but once he opens his mouth and his state's ledger, you can see he's just like all the rest.

    September 25, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. tim

    The GOP doesn't want to win the presidency in 2012 ... look at all their unelectable candidates. They are happy enriching themselves and blaming someone else for their actions.

    September 25, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. once upon a horse

    Congress polling at 13% approval rating, GOP polling at 28% approval rating, Tea Party about the same, last polll shows the nation trust Democrats more than Republicans with the economy. Now who is really in bad shape?

    September 25, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. Amazing

    A typical comment from a right wing extremist. I really feel for moderate Republicans who are being drown out by the extremists.

    September 25, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. roro

    A Republican president along with a Republican congress would just lead us back to where we were – in that ditch – only this time we wouldn't have anyone to help get us out of it. Give Obama some more time and a congress that does not block his attempts to right this nation every step of the way.

    September 25, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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