Daniels: President Obama is in ‘desperate’ political shape
September 25th, 2011
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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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  1. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Love the spin, Mitch. Obama is desperate but Perry is just gaining traction. The man came across as what he was during the debate – a "Moran" in the parlance of the teabaggers. Obama has kept his cool throughout every crisis and will continue to do so for the benefit of the nation.

    “They’ll have to stop sending checks to the wealthiest Americans,” Daniels said. Can't wait until next week when he has to backtrack from that comment after Limbaugh and Hannity start barking.

    September 25, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. tone7de

    I live near Indiana, and it is one of the saddest states I have ever been in. Nothing against the folks there, but opportunities are slim to move above minimum wage existence in a lot of towns. And for the folks in Kokomo...you should thank President Obama for saving your town with the auto bailouts. South Bend, Elkhart, Gary are all in need of reviving. I have heard nothing from this govenor about doing anything to help these communities.

    September 25, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Diana

    Why are American's not working together instead of tearing one another apart and being destructive?


    To change the financial/ job situation in the States, a United States of America is needed, not a Divided States of America.

    September 25, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

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

    Translation: Many more opportunities for the American public to see for themselves what a crop of hateful idiots the GOP contenders are.

    September 25, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    WARNING: The following may not be suitable for Fox watchers and others incapable of critical thinking.

    The GOP has nothing to offer our country except policies that are PROVEN FAILURES so they resort to repeating the same lies over and over and over again, hoping that enough desperate, fearful people will once again be convinced to vote for Republicans and against their own self-interest.

    For more information, please visit the Internet and do some research and thinking for yourself (i.e., don't just visit all the echo-chamber rightwing blogs).

    September 25, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. marty

    "I don't have anything original to say", pretty much sums up the entire Republican party. They talk in lock-step and they walk in lock-step. All of their energies are expended by continually criticizing the President, without offering one, single, solitary 'original' idea to help our country recover. They hate their adversaries more than they love their country and could care less about the citizens .... forever bowing to corporations, the wealthy and the lobbyists. I think they lost a lobe or two of their brain.

    September 25, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Palin Power

    This is a clear sign that Obozo will LOSE to Sarah Palin in 2012. Get ready for the Palin Revolution.

    September 25, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. lagunalad

    Typical repug tactics, twist the truth & facts to make themselves feel relevant.

    September 25, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Jason

    Love it. The repugs have no viable candidate actually assured to go the distance, they might have to call in Christie, and they want to say Obama is in a desperate situation?! Whatever!

    September 25, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. john

    How pathetic and unpatriotic Mitch, a man who can not even live up to the challenges of his own ideals. Is this what you call a spirit of cooperation?? Sad, pathetic grasping and posturing.

    September 25, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Jason

    Let me get this straight; The repugs have no single candidate that is truly assured of going the distance right now, to the point where they might have to call on Christie, yet they call Obama desperate?! Pure fantasy on Daniels part!

    September 25, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. thatldoelephant

    at least this guy admits he doesn't have anything original to add, and made an official decision not to run. What about Palin? She sits on the side-lines lobbing shots, waiting to see if someone gets figuratively killed at one of the debates (which she refuses to actually participate in but loves to comment on,) and leaves her opening so she can swoop in and clean the carcass like the vulture she is.

    September 25, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Something to consider come November 2012: The next president will nominate at least one Supreme Court Justice. If a Republican wins the presidency and gets to nominate, the Supreme Court will do everything it can to overturn not just Roe vs Wade, but any other statues that protect the average citizen and advance not only corporate but fundamentalist religious interests.

    The right's model Justice is Clarence Thomas, who hires only clerks who share his views; who never discusses cases with the other Justices; who barely pays attention during arguments to the Court; who has asked fewer than 5 questions from the bench in all the time he's been on the Court; who interprets the Constitution based on a narrow historical perspective, completely ignoring any progress that has been made in the over 200-year history of our nation.

    Do you really want another Clarence Thomas on the Court, doing everything they can to turn our nation backwards?

    If so, vote Republican. If you want to continue moving forward, then vote Democratic.

    September 25, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Desperate is the Republican party, which only has fear, anger, hatred and division to offer our country because all of its economic, military and foreign policies are PROVEN FAILURES.

    September 25, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Paul

    Dear GOP, ... you wish ...

    September 25, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. DirtyD23

    "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.”

    Did a GOP member just say to stop tax breaks for the wealthiest americans????? perhaps i'm still drunk from last night and not reading this correctly

    September 25, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. jnpa

    I don't care if a Republican is elected president, as long as the democrats control both the House and the Senate, and have enough votes to override a presidential veto!

    September 25, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Anthony... proud tax payer

    Jon Stewart tore him a new one. Made Mitch be responsible for his choice of divisive words while trying to preach unity.Unlike these sunday interviewers who dont hold these politicians accountable to what they are saying. Republicans are in desperate shape, their debates are creating in fighting as they are exposing more and more of their hate and lies on national television. All Daniels can do is spin spin spin and hope his base buys his book.

    September 25, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. saywho

    When the GOP quits listening to 30 meat heads in the house of reps maybe I and a few others might start listing to the mainstream GOP.

    September 25, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Debra From Georgia

    Yeah, I am desparate too. I want to make sure a republican bka Teaparty candidate does not go back into the whitehouse. Yall better vote. If the Republicans get back in, they are going to finish off the middle class. President Obama cares about the middle class. Vote Obama/ Biden 2012

    September 25, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. steven harnack

    Repulicans keep saying the same thing over and over again. Daniels even admits that he has nothing new to add, just the same old propaganda. They say that "President Obama's policies have failed". Well I say that we still haven't had a chance to see whether his policies would work because Republicans threaten to bring government to a halt and make things way worse before any of his policies have even been tried. Let him do what he wants to do, then see if you have anything to complain about!

    September 25, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Obama in good shape politically? Well, no.. But the American people are not so desperate as to elect any of the morons the Repubs are putting up. Come on... Really? What a slate of fools...

    September 25, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. bigwilliestyles

    Get lost Mitch, no one's buying what your selling. Deregulation. Yeah. THAT certainly worked out well. Between that and the 'tax cuts for job creators', the economy tanked faster than a redneck at a raceway. The same lines over and over: cut taxes; cut regulations! That will fix everything! I mean really, 'Supply-Side economics, the 'trickle down' theory, says this: if those who have more are given more, the overflow will "trickle down" to those who have less. I call the 'crumbs that fall off of the over loaded plate' theory. The problem with the previous applications of this theory is that when the rich's plate got full, they mere carted off the excess (including the crumbs) to the investment banks, bet on shady deals designed to give them even more money, then lost it when their shady deals fell back on them. County Wide, Bear Stearns, Lehman Bros, BOA, AIG, GM, Chrysler, all a result of the flaw in the 'trickle down theory, when the rich get more, it only makes them want more. Hell, wanting more is how they got rich in the first place; the idiocy is in thinking that they will go against their own nature, for the country or anything else.

    September 25, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. mesamick

    While you 'cons and teatards throw around fake claims about a "desperate" Pres. Obama it becomes obvious that you are delusional...

    September 25, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. bigwilliestyles

    @ Palin Power: you are hilarious! Hope you'll be here all week!

    September 25, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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