Daniels, Walker want Romney to go bold
June 10th, 2012
01:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Daniels, Walker want Romney to go bold

(CNN) - Two leading Republicans and top supporters of Mitt Romney offered the candidate some advice Sunday, saying the presumptive GOP presidential nominee had some work to do in strengthening his message.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, often mentioned as a possible GOP vice presidential pick, told "Fox News Sunday" that Romney needed to offer a bold, affirmative agenda.

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"That's the most successful campaign strategy for him," Daniels said." "The American people, I think, will rightly demand to know something more than he's not President Obama."

Daniels added that Romney had work to do in building a consensus across "a broad spectrum of Americans to big changes we need."

It isn't the first time Daniels has offered some tough love for Romney. In April, the governor made headlines when he criticized some of Romney's attack strategies and said the former Massachusetts governor needed to "campaign to govern, not just to win."

"Spend the precious time and dollars explaining what's at stake and a constructive program to make life better," Daniels told The Indianapolis Star. "And as I say, look at everything through the lens of folks who have yet to achieve."

On Sunday, Daniels also said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's survival in a contentious recall effort Tuesday was not a reflection of the Republican Party's standing nationwide.

Democrats led the recall challenge after Walker signed into law last year a measure that curbed collective bargaining rights for most public employees. The controversy quickly snowballed into a massive labor fight that turned the national spotlight onto Wisconsin for more than a year.

"It would be, I think, a huge mistake for Republicans to misread Wisconsin as some kind of great harbinger. I don't see it that way at all," Daniels said. "I mean, there was clearly a threat of 'enough already' vote there that said it is an abuse of the process with all of the recalls. (It's) not even clear that Gov. Romney will be that strong in Wisconsin."

He added: "So he better have an affirmative and constructive message and one of hope. I think that he will, and that's why I think ultimately he'll prevail."

Daniels, who flirted with a presidential bid last year, has forcefully shot down the idea of being Romney's running mate, even saying in April that if he were offered the No. 2 spot, he would demand the candidate chose someone else.

Walker also had some guidance for Romney on Sunday.

"I just hope he takes a page out of President Reagan's playbook in 1980," Walker said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

The governor added he hopes Romney "goes big and he goes bold" and approaches the election as more than just an opportunity to defeat Obama.

"Here in Wisconsin and other swing states, I think that's the key," Walker added. "The 'R' next to the name cannot be just about being Republican. It's got to be about reformer."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitch Daniels • Mitt Romney • Scott Walker
soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Severely Moderate

    BLAME GAME: As though Clinton handed over to Obama, the GOP continued to blame Clinton for causing the 2008/2009 recession until they fast-forwarded the blame to Obama after he was sworn in.

    Can the GOP ever take responsibility for anything?

    June 10, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. TomNPitt

    Romney can't go bold. His supporters want him to do nothing except sign laws that cut spending and taxes. We want to be like a third world nation where the only strong are the employers. And their employees will work for stale rice without a minimum wage.

    June 10, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans only agenda is just defeat Obama and the American people are just collateral damage in the process that's the orders Romney has been given by Mitch McDonnell, Rush Limbaugh, Hannity and Fox news et al and he's following their orders. If Romney doesn't change course, he'll lose because some Americans may be angry with Obama but there are many Americans who need more than a "hate/defeat Obama speech", so don't play us for stupid.

    June 10, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Chris

    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said that Romney needed to offer " a bold, affirmative agenda." – Except all Romney has his attacks on Obama. Romney's entire campaign consists of playing Monday morning quarterback – waiting for Obama to do something, finding fault with it, then saying how if he were president he would have done the exact opposite.

    June 10, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Milton K. Wiah

    The whole Republican party has no message about how to go forward let alone Mitt Romney. Their aim, and what
    we have been hearing since Obama came to power is to defeat him, make him one time president,. Just that???.
    I thought to remove an incumbent, you have an alternative programs, something we have not heard from the
    Mitt Romney camp. God bless America

    June 10, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Pete

    Yah go bold Romney,then you'll burn out like one of those cheap Chinese sparklers,ya buy every July.Gov.Daniels and Walker should talk,both are running their respective governments Indiana,Wisconsin into the ground,for those states it can't get much worse.These states and other republican run states are showing the president what it means to shrink deficets,at unions public sector costs.You'll eventually see Daniels,Walker and the rest picking up your garbage because there will be no public sector jobs left,450,000 laid off since becoming governors,pretty sad especially if you're one who depends on teachers, paramedics,firemen,utilities department employees,policemen and other related public sector employees.You'll see lapses in service,bigger areas to cover for all crews involved,slower response times,problems related to education because lesser teachers,bigger classrooms,less indivigual care.All this because ignorent people thought fighting unions and the like would scare employees,to obstruct contracts,cut wages,rework benefits,all ya did was wake up a sleeping giant and make them mad,these states residents will ultimately suffer because unions can do that to you,to show you how much you need them,you'll see,you'll need a public employee one day to fight a fire,rescue you from a wreck,talk to a teacher about your child,get that lousey garbage out and guess what, it may happen,but not how you might have thought,not at your convienence,but when they get around to it.More deaths,more crime,more disgruntled parents of school children,streets unrepaired,garbage not picked on time, all this because of all you ignorent citizens thinking you one upped the employees of your state,you'll see,it won't be nice ,I assure ya,it'll really be a wakeup call for governments and citizens in all republican run states,good luck,you'll need it!!You'll see soon,if it gets that far.If collective bargaining contracts are repealed,strikes will be on,you'll all answer for your vote!!!

    June 10, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"The American people, I think, will rightly demand to know something more than he's not President Obama."◄

    Like "I didn't really pass Health Care for all in MA," or, "I did not put in a mandate that everyone must participate in my Health Care plan," or "I was FOR planned parenthood BEFORE I was against it," or "Corporations are People," or "I’m not concerned about the very poor. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it."

    I will stick with President Obama!! Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    June 10, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Richard1189

    Sorry Gov Daniels, but you're spitting into the wind. Read some of the net responses–much of it is "anybody but Obama" and it doesn't matter if there is a thought between the ears or not!

    June 10, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens cannot even stand up to Rush, Hannity, Nugent, or T-Rump. How do right wingnuts expect him to go bold?

    June 10, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Maynard

    Good old Governor Walker of Wisconsin: "Go bold. Go Big. Strip the middle class of any wealth or assets or benefits or family-wage job they have and push it up to the off-shore moguls like the Koch Brothers and Wallstreet Elitists.

    June 10, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. sure thats what they say

    Good to see republicans admitting that Mitt has offered no plan that would help the american people, he has had zero policy statements, and spends all of his speeches talking about how terrible of a president Obama is. There is the old saying,... anyone can tear down a house, but not everyone can build one. Mitt is proving he just knows how to tear down people (how he won the republican nomination... no plans , just millions tearing down ) and has no understanding of how to build. Look at his record in Massachusetts, no record of growth, just destruction.

    June 10, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has no positive public sector performance to run on, other than as a failed governor of MA. So, he wants to do to 'Americia' what he did there, only make us 47th in the world?

    June 10, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Jim

    Republicans have become the negative party of "No." Obama won with "Yes, we can!" Folks always like the upbeat, not the putdown.

    June 10, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Other than creating near depressions, deep recessions, unnecessary wars, and tax cuts for those who do not need them, what plans does the GOP have.

    June 10, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Roger X Cohn

    Amen to that. We have a real chance to change things for the good here. Romney isa great charismatic leader but he needs to get that across to the American public who doesn't know him that well yet.

    June 10, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Going bold for Mittens is ordering grits for breakfast.

    June 10, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. cali girl

    Can not wait for Robmey to duck and dodge the needs of Walker and his besties.

    June 10, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. lexgreen

    It's a little too late to think about "going bold". Mr. Romney and his party have been making the election about President Obama for over 2 years. The GOP has declared that the new Christian calendar begins in January 2009. Nothing happened before that date, and everything that has happened since that date has been caused by President Obama, except for occasional announcements of positive economic news, which all happen spontaneously, in spite of Obama being president.

    If Romney really wants to improve his campaign, stop lying with ridiculous statements like "Presendent Obama has added more to the national debt than all of the presidents before him, combined".

    June 10, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Realitybites

    That's the problem. Romney has no message. But the Koch brothers and all their rich buddies do.

    June 10, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Peace

    Romney never had a message to sell to people. He didn't sell any during the primaries, and he is not going to do it either now. He is planning to win by using money as he did in the primaries.

    June 10, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. King

    explain why you swap out manufacturing jobs for service jobs. now China and India are making all of our products and sending back here. did mitt felt any kind of empathy, when he put all those workers on the side while he gutted their savings. us this kind of leader ship America need when we will be competing with China in a global market. what plan does he have when he guts our consumer power, when China and India spenders outnumber us 6 to 1

    June 10, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. B

    With all the big money, large number of endorsements, and full support of the republican establishment, why is Romney having such a difficult time in finding someone to agree to be his running mate? I guess nobody is willing to commit political suicide.

    June 10, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. nyumbu

    Bold? Id be happy if he got REAL.

    June 10, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. William

    Romney's always been wealthy enough to hire people to do the hard work ..... no different now as far as he is concerned. He's a slilver spoon candidate.

    June 10, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Jay

    That's the problem, he doesn't have a bold agenda, just a bunch of deceptive lies.

    June 10, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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