Daniels stays out of the fray, again
November 30th, 2011
12:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Daniels stays out of the fray, again

(CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has made another decision to keep distance between himself and the race for the 2012 GOP nomination for president.

Daniels declined a bid for the presidency last May, after being encouraged by top Republicans to jump into the race and Tuesday he told Indiana Public Media that he was underwhelmed by a recent endorsement made by another governor who turned down a presidential run.

“An incredibly well-respected person, Governor Christie, made an endorsement a couple weeks ago, and it sort of sank without a trace, so I don’t know why anybody would be excited about what I thought,” Daniels said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie threw his support behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in October after repeatedly insisting he would not seek the GOP nomination himself.

And though Daniels remarked the “two governors seem to be the predominant personalities in the race” on CNN’s “State of the Union” in September, he said then that any comment he would make on the race wouldn’t be “original.”

The governor continued to play down his importance on Indiana public radio as well as the impact of endorsements in general, but did comment on the style of the campaign so far.

“We’ve worked our way into this position...and I don’t know how you would get back to a less celebrity-style coverage,” Daniels said.


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  1. Voice of Reason

    It just shows how smart he is... He's staying out of the Jerry-Springer-style free-for-all race to the bottom that the GOP presidential priamry season has become.

    Dont get any on ya.

    November 30, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Dave~Indiana

    REPUBLICANS RAISED INDIANA TAXES! This is nothing short of scandalous. Mitch Daniels raised the sales tax to 7%, raised property taxes so high even republicans wailed. After squeezing the state tax lemon as hard as they could, they put a cap on property taxes. This froze out local townships and counties from receiving monies needed for schools, fire depts, libraries. HE HURT INDIANA! Tell the REAL story here!

    November 30, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Lisa P

    Daniels is wise to keep quiet and try to avoid notice. Indiana is a mess and his policies have done nothing but make it worse. His endorsement would only shine a light on the failures of the Republican/Tea Party extremist ideology. The Hoosiers I spoke with over Thanksgiving are pretty fed up with the whole crew.

    November 30, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Sandy

    We know why he stayed out of the race. His policies are failing Indiana and he doesn't want the masses to find out. Republicans think he is a great governor for destroying Indiana. LMAO!

    November 30, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. MTATL67

    If I were a Republican holding office I wouldn't endorse anyone of these front runners and wisely keep myself at a distance from them.

    November 30, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Lisa P wrote:

    Daniels is wise to keep quiet and try to avoid notice. Indiana is a mess and his policies have done nothing but make it worse. His endorsement would only shine a light on the failures of the Republican/Tea Party extremist ideology. The Hoosiers I spoke with over Thanksgiving are pretty fed up with the whole crew.
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    You forgot to point out *the* biggest strike against Daniels running for POTUS. He wasn't he GWBs Budget Director who served as the attack dog to pass the BTCs? He was the one who can be quoted on videotape promising the American people that the cuts would be temporary. He was also fired because he had predicted that the cuts would create trillion dollar deficits within a decade, which they have done.

    November 30, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Laverne

    You were right to stay out of the race because there is nothing about Mitch Daniels that would have excited them either, just look at this guy is dorky!

    November 30, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Debbie

    Daniels is a GW Bush/Cheney/Rove operative and knows how to play the game. Daniels reminds me more of Putin everyday.

    November 30, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. GOP TeaParty Clown Car Last Men Standing...Myth the Flip Flopper vs. Newt the "Family Values" Bumble Bee

    This guy is smart enough not to open the "can of worns" of his wife second marriage to a doctor in CA...all in the name of getting the GOP presidential nomination unlike Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich!!!!

    Republicans are not too bright for proclaiming themselves as the "family values" party while they lack zero credibility on that front!

    November 30, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Debbie wrote:

    Daniels reminds me more of Putin everyday.
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    Putin? Hmm, maybe. Putin has muscles, though I think Pee-Wee Herman is a much better fit.

    November 30, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This egg-headed cretin doesn't need to call attention to himself based on what's happenning in Indiana, and what he did to the country under the Shrub.
    Slither back under the rock from whence you came.

    November 30, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Dave~Indiana

    Pee-wee Herman? Bwahahahahahahah!

    November 30, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |