Daniels would call for VP 'reconsideration'
April 22nd, 2012
11:25 AM ET
6 years ago

Daniels would call for VP 'reconsideration'

(CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels took his opposition to running for vice president in 2012 to new heights on Sunday, saying he would “demand reconsideration” if asked to assume the No. 2 position on the Republican ticket.

“I think I would demand reconsideration and send Mr. Romney a list of people I think could suit better,” Daniels said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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He also invoked conservative stalwart William F. Buckley in defense of his decision. The author and commentator ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York in 1965 to give voice to his conservative ideas. When asked at the time what he would do if he won, Buckley said “Demand a recount.”

Daniels, who decided against a presidential bid of his own earlier in the election cycle, said he did not expect to be asked to serve with Mitt Romney and remained loyal to his Hoosier State constituents.

“I promised the people of my state eight full years, and I like living up to that commitment, showing that it was real,” Daniels said. “So, no, I don't - I think this is a hypothetical question that will probably stay that way.”

He also declined to offer Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, any suggestions, at least in public.

“I have seen a lot of names and I like them all. I don’t want to ruin anybody’s chances this morning by singling him or her out,” said Daniels, who endorsed Romney last week. “You know, there is a lot of talent in the Republican Party.”

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitch Daniels • Mitt Romney
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Who cares who the loser picks for his vice-presidential running mate?

    April 22, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Hey, Mitt. Beginning to look like no one wants to run on your ticket. Can't say I blame them. Wonder how far all that "lip service" the GOP is playing will add up to actual votes come Nov. 6? Not looking too promising.

    April 22, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. DJ

    Daniels has already put Indiana at the brink of collapsing and put the entire country in to an $800 Billion debt. After laying off tons of public employees in Indiana saying we no longer have the money to pay them, only for over $500 Million to be found in accounting errors and yet, Daniels praises them for their find and calls against those who want an independent audit. He also publically promised that he would not hear of a Right to Work Bill in Indiana, saying we can succeed without one. Look how that worked out for the working men and women of Indiana who will now have No Rights at Work.

    April 22, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Thomas

    Is Rick Santorum still waiting for Mitt to call ?

    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels would be a better candidate then Romney. More of a Human Being , less robot !

    April 22, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I thought all of the right wingnuts who post for Fox foreign owned media, would be given the day off, to celebrate Murdoch's 25 years of destroying America, but there must not be any rest for the wicked.

    April 22, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. biologixco

    Mitch wants to hide from the spotlight.
    Increased our sales tax to 7%.
    Increased our property taxes.
    Sold our Indiana Toll Road to a foreign corporation on a 75 year lease.
    Outsourced state government jobs to India.
    Bureau of Motor Vehicles has been gutted out
    Welfare deparment debacle, leaving Indiana facing a HUGE IBM LAWSUIT
    Charlie White debacle. (google it)
    TWO major Indiana budget snafus (fraud?) . Millions of dollars "found"
    Passed a right to work law hurting union employees and their families
    And thats just part of what we know at this time.
    Wait until the REAL scrutiny starts!
    No wonder he wants to crawl back under his rock...

    April 22, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. alleygator

    Some better candidates that Daniels might be Ted Nugent, 'Joe the Plumber' or Tonya Harding.

    April 22, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. biologixco

    Mitch Daniels served as OMB Budget Director under George W Bush.
    During Daniels' 29-month tenure in the position, the projected federal budget surplus of $236 billion declined to a $400 billion deficit.
    How's that for a track record?

    April 22, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    W's fnancial advisor has how much political pull?

    April 22, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Mitt Romney won’t pick Mitch Daniels I bet because Mitch Daniels will over shadow Romney , like Palin over shadow Mc Cain in 2008

    April 22, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Eri

    Looks to me like Gov. Daniels is very reluctant to lose to Obama in November, á la Sarah Palin. I figure this is why some notable conservatives (Michele Bachmann, for example) have been slow to endorse Romney. No one wants to back a loser!

    April 22, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. biologixco

    One of the shadiest of untold stories surrounds Mitch Daniels.
    It rivals the coverup regarding George Bush's 1972 cocaine use.
    In 1970 at Princeton University, Mitch Daniels and his room mates were arrested for drug possession.
    What did the cops find?
    A SHOEBOX full of marijuana. (Thats about 2 lbs folks)
    An undisclosed amount of LSD. (mitch sold acid!)
    The amounts found were indicative of DRUG SALES.
    Current laws in the state of Indiana would make this a major felony
    20 years or more for LSD sales and possession alone.
    Now go back and TRY to research this incident.
    All of the room mates and adjacent dorm residents have circled the wagons. No one knows anything! Hmmm.
    The evidence and files on this incident have mysteriously disappeared...

    April 22, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Daniels say, “You know, there is a lot of talent in the Republican Party.”◄
    Really? Then why didn't they run instead of the ridiculous Laurel and Hardys??
    When the candidates’ count finally got down to the 7 Dwarfs, after others were weeded out
    The list of candidates left "should" have been your BEST!!! What happened?? What’s that about?

    Now the Repubs are down to their BEST ONE – Romney is his name
    And they’re on their way to pick the BEST number 2 – From a list that’s really insane
    If the Repubs “really” believe that the “BEST” has already been chosen for the number one spot
    Do they “believe” the NUMBER 2 picked from the “bottom of the barrel” is just as good? I think NOT!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    April 22, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. LTNN7890

    The more to the right the better , Let America really see what these Romney people are really about ,
    get danials up on stage in a debate with Biden , The main reason Romney hasn't made his pick yet , he cant find some one that is better than Michelle Bachman , And thats the pittyful truth .

    April 22, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. king

    It doesn't matter who the repubs pick, they will have the same trickle down policies the bush administration had, that push the country into the second most disasterous time in its history. Take a look at Europe and their austerity movement, they are not growing, we are growing at 2 to 3 percent and yet Europe thinks we are booming. The repubs on the other hand thinks we are growing too slow, after giving us one of the worst growth period in our country's era, during the bush years. The reason why I said this is because most of bush era was a camaflage.

    April 22, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |

    Problem is WHO would be on the list? Having Romney as the presidentail candidate is bad enough without adding insult to injury by suggesting an even less inspiring vp pick. That appears to be all the GOP has to choose from. Most of them are gonna be out of a job come November anyway due their backing of the "so-called" leaders of the GOP obstruction machine! Who would you recommend? Good luck trying to pull the rabbit out of the hat!!!

    April 22, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. gg

    bishop Romney don,t need anybody-he,s a one man show

    April 22, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. JK

    Reading between the lines, Mitch Daniels doesn't think Romney's going to win, and is trying to keep himself out of the line of fire in preparation for 2016. The Tea Party is going to turn viciously on anyone associated with a ticket that can't beat Obama.

    April 22, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Severely Moderate

    Rmoney has a huge problem with 3 groups of electorates – Hispanics, women, and the middle class.

    Maybe he should be allowed to pick 3 VPs from each group.

    Is it not about defeating Obama?

    April 22, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. John

    That OK because It the only promise he keep and I'M from Indiana. All he did was LIES. You should go and take him .because Indiana don't what him any more. And that will make too loser Him and Mitt Romney.

    April 22, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Jay W

    Keep dreaming Libs....your reign of terror is bout to be over...courtesy of a man with the nickname...."MITTENS", already Mittens has shrugged off the fatigue of the primaries, and now he is focused on bringing down the Big O (Latest polls show a statistical TIE). This does not bode well for The Big O....i do so look forward to the election.....You had your chance libs...and you jacked it up.

    April 22, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    America has already had its fill of Rmoneys "Number Two".

    April 22, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Daniels dropped out as a candidate himself due to some real nasty marital problems that are sure to come up.

    April 22, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Romney/Daniels = Bland and Blander

    April 22, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. bcrunner

    I wonder if the Republicans have learned anything from the last few years... They are trying to stick us with the same people, the same mentality, same policies that brought us to the brink of disaster... Daniels? Really?? Isn't he who projected all those surpluses when he served under Bush?? even with tax cuts??

    April 22, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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