Daniels to offer Republican State of the Union response
January 19th, 2012
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Daniels to offer Republican State of the Union response

Washington (CNN) - Mitch Daniels, the Indiana governor who once considered a presidential bid himself, will deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, the House speaker's office announced on Thursday.

The high profile, back-to-back addresses come as the Republican race to challenge the president is in full swing. The primetime speech will offer the President an opportunity to advance his message as his reelection effort goes to speed, which began airing ads in six battleground states on Thursday.

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A CNN/ORC poll released on Monday shows the President's job approval stands at 47%, and has been in the upper 40% range since the fall of last year. Fifty-one percent of Americans disapprove of how Obama is handling his job.

Last year, two Republicans offered televised responses. The House budget committee chair, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, was followed by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who dropped her presidential bid after this year's Iowa caucuses.

Daniels was first elected governor of Indiana in 2004 and is currently serving his second term.

"It's an honor to be asked," Daniels said in the press release from the office of House speaker John Boehner. "I hope to do the assignment justice."

- CNN's Kate Bolduan contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Mitch Daniels • President Obama • State of the Union
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  1. Woman In California

    Mitch Daniels delivering a response after President Obama's address is like choosing a Chevrolet because you just couldn't afford a Rolls Royce. What a joke these republicans are.

    Obama 2012 ALL THE WAY

    January 19, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Mike D

    Who cares! The government was founded by the people for the people but now the only people the government helps are the politicians!!! Greedy shameful people are "running" this country and we are all stuck with a bunch of jerks who only care about padding their pockets. Nobody cares about helping this nation or its people anymore or maybe they never did! To heck with voting for some other guy to get to bleed us dry I'm done with all the BS!!! Land of the free and home of the brave my behind!!!!!!!! Land of the broke and home of the scared and beaten down. Way to go congress you have just passed more legislation that will do nothing for anyone but it sure cost us broke taxpayers didnt it?

    January 19, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Jindal, McDonnell and now this clown? Give me a break!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 19, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    A CNN/ORC poll released on Monday shows the President's job approval stands at 47%, and has been in the upper 40% range since the fall of last year. Fifty-one percent of Americans disapprove of how Obama is handling his job.
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    It'll be down to 45% approval in the next poll because he refuses to create jobs by approving the pipeline for purely political reasons.

    I look forward to the LAST Obama State of the Union message next Tuesday.

    January 19, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Greg in Arkansas

    Daniels will probably tell us how Indiana is moving to "create" jobs by pushing "Right to Work" legislation that will destroy Unions......(like they did in Wisconsin)....As long as Daniels, the GOP and businesses continue to view employees as liabilities instead of assets, people don't realize that every employee (including UNION workers) is a CUSTOMER to another business so cutting worker wages and benefits to increase tax free profits for stockholders is what has been destroying the economy for the past 20 years......but blame the Dem's, the unions and Obama for the lack of jobs today but one day, when people no longer have money to spend at small businesses.....WHO are you going to blame then???

    January 19, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    wasn't this guy in Duh Duh Duh-bya's financial advisory group? If so, enough said as to what his opinion is worth

    January 19, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Who better to give the failed republican response than the leader of the anti worker legislation in Indiana, and a Bush lackey?

    January 19, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    America is on the road to recovery from the failed Bush/republican presidency. Not one republican put our country first, and still Obama has our country moving forward. Imagine where we be if republicans put our country first.

    January 19, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The only thing that will elect a right wingnut republican clown in 2012, is the suppress the vote effort of the republican party.

    January 19, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Ann

    Mitch Daniels another serial hyprocrite.

    How can someone who was a part of George Bush's financial advosory board that made bad decisions which brought down the US economy be credible enough to rebut the President's state of the Union speech on the economy? What a bunch of actors these Republican's are – they should all be in Hollywood.

    January 19, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Al-NY,NY asked:

    wasn't this guy in Duh Duh Duh-bya's financial advisory group? If so, enough said as to what his opinion is worth
    -----
    He was the chief economic advisor. When he publicly warned of the Bush Tax Cuts creating trillion dollar deficits within a decade, they fired him. That firing led to the interview when Dick Cheney said, "Deficits don't matter."

    January 19, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    I will be waiting to listen sit baited breath. NOT!! At least he had the common sense to not even bother running.

    January 19, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Jake

    why wouldn't Romney be asked?

    January 19, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. michaelam

    Yeah, like this Union busting, financial “wizard” from the Bush ERROR opinion matters!

    Just another regressive, corporate hack from the Party of NO!!!!

    January 19, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. A Texan

    And a glowing report on our President-- I`m sure !!!!!!!

    January 19, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe he will explain how putting money in off shore accounts helps with our debt, how tax evasion is legal, and that minimum wage jobs will be the new middle class creator.

    January 19, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Whatever

    YAWN... he did not want to run so he should keep quiet on the sidelines!!!!!! Please pass the popcorn!!!! :)

    January 19, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Keyser Soze

    Will he make sure to downplay deficits? Will he endorse big government policies and unfunded tax cuts like he did while overseeing Dubya's budgets?

    January 19, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. ajy

    Daniels isn't half bad. I wish he was running instead of the other clowns the GOP has put forward....

    January 19, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. NYC REPUB

    Daniels, Barbour, Christie, all missed their boat...they should have ran for Pres........Oh well Obama 2012!!!!

    January 19, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |