Daniels, Walker want Romney to go bold
June 10th, 2012
01:39 PM ET
6 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. Pander Bear

    Romney go bold?! Hilarious! Mr. Weathervane has NOTHING to offer other than "Everything is Obama's fault".

    Romney is completely unelectable.

    June 10, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. normajean @ verizon ,com

    BOLD ..... AFFIRMATIVE.... ???? Mitt Romney cannot be bold and affirmative unless he is criticiizing the president.!! He is a wimp with questionable business practices behind him and will be a disaster if he becomes president.... Thiis is a very wealthy man who cannot relate to any family who can't pay their bills??...... How can he possibly understand the pain of middle and lower economic classes when he has NEVER been there. YOU can't even afford to pay your bills, let alone buy a new car while he's busy building an elevator for his. THINK ABOUT THIS!!!! Do you really believe he cares about you or this country????HE JUST WANTS THE POWER OF BEING PRESIDENT....{ Just wait till he finds out it is a very bumpy ride..... he might leave in mid term as he did in Massachusetts!!!

    June 10, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Good luck pushing that wet noodle up hill, boys. Mitt is a jellyfish and everyone knows it. Even the Republicans that support him...

    June 10, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Romney needs a bigger car elovator , Bigger , Bolder . One with a sun roof !

    Romney / Trump
    Hair you can believe in 2012

    June 10, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. honeybee

    Sorry, but Romney is an empty suit. It is impossible for him to go "big and bold" because he has no firm convictions. His stance on issues has changed so many times that no one is quite sure where he stands, and if he will actually stand there tomorrow. Right now he is riding the wave of "anti-Obama", certainly not "pro-Romney".

    June 10, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Eiolgj

    Mr. Romney: Please just be yourself. Just keep on telling the people that you want to hire fewer police and teachers. Just keep telling people that they should pay more taxes and give tax breaks to the rich. You are what you are. Don't change in the least.

    June 10, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. NEF

    I'm still waiting to hear "how" Romney plans to turnaround the economy. The timeline he has given is in line with what the Obama administration and economists have already predicted from policies over the last 3 years. It is also interesting that the polls are showing Obama ahead by 20 pts in Romney's state of Massachusetts. If Romney was so great, then why wouldn't they want him as president?

    June 10, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Moderate Independent

    All we have heard from Romney is beat President Obama. We have yet to hear a plan from Romney for the country. Until Romney has a sensible plan for our country forget about my vote and many others. We are really getting tired of the misleading attack ads. I will vote for President Obama because he has a plan for our country.

    June 10, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. SafeJourney3

    You repubs think you can buy the general election, you are wrong. Just like Meg Wittmann tried to buy the CA governors election, that did not work.

    June 10, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. georgewashington

    Romney is a mealy worm. He will never embark on anything that represents boldness. Caution by nature, risk adverse it would just be too much to hope for. He will lose.

    June 10, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Bain capital is an idiot, sells this nation to CHINA for cheap labor.,, true!!!

    June 10, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. The Film Professor

    Uhhh, bold message. Hmmm, let's see. Keep the Bush Tax Cuts for the rich. Let the bull loose again on Wall Street, even if it just defecates all over the rest of us. Attack Obama. Uhhh, more attack Obama. Build a new house in California with 12000 square feet and a car elevator so we can unload our packages without having to put out any effort - and yeah, that makes me a real Job Creator!

    June 10, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. jefflz

    The biggest and boldest thing that Romney has accomplished so far is to recruit the team of former Bush advisers who gave us the Iraq War and the financial Armageddon of 2008. Here we go again... 2000 relived, maybe with even more help from the Supreme Court than they have already given the GOP

    June 10, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Grow up already...

    Yeah... go bold Mitt. Try a speech without "Obama" or " this administration" in it... You probably would actually have to SAY what YOU would do. Bet you 10K you can't do it!

    June 10, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Romney's a loser! He has no ideas, no vision, no plan. His whole campaign is "I'm not Obama" and that is why he will lose in November.

    June 10, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. Trailboss

    This is going to be one the a land slide if Romney don't get some job's and I don't think he have that by cutting the gov't worker's.Now if he is going to invest some of that $250M and put people but to work I'll vote for him myself and never even been to a R meeting, not only will I vote for I'll hit the street and help get him elected.Other than that talking about medical is not going to cut it you have to have a to pay for it. No work Romney can forget it the landslide is coming in Nov. I think he need to do his self a favor and listen to Gov. Daniels advice because Mr. Romney is very boring.

    June 10, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    He won't tell us his plans until after the election?

    June 10, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. mike

    Good advice from a very smart man..unfortunately Romney doesnt have the where with all to do it and he hasnt got the spine needed to stand up the radicals in the extreme right of his party that are currently using like toilet paper to dictate what he should say.and when. Romney has not shown he could lead a pack of ants let alone the American people. He Will lose in the end the American people are not stupid

    June 10, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. ST

    Republicans were hesitating to endorse Romney with reasons. They understood he had no any concrete agenda. He can not even make people feel good for some few minutes. They have no more choices left except to hold their nose and pretend supporting him. Others like Daniels and Scott Walker find difficult to stomach all these, now are coming publicly telling him what to do.

    June 10, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |

    Mitch has a good point. He threw it away on a empty suit. Mitt McCain is no qualified to be President and Mitch knows it.

    June 10, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |

    Let him keep talking. That's all President Obama needs.

    June 10, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    pretty soon even the hardest right winger will get tired of when things are bad it's Obama's fault and no answers for anything different from Romney. But then again maybe the hardest right wingers like that kind of talk since they offer no solutions themselves either.

    June 10, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. GonzoinHouston

    Go bold, Mitt! Go so bold and so brash and so far out over the edge of the right wing that we all see exactly what you really would support as president. Go bold, so those in the middle can see just how terrifying a Romney administration would be.

    June 10, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    If "corporations are people, my friend" then what gender is Bain Capital?

    Why anyone who would vote for Mittens is beyond me ...

    June 10, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Donkey Party

    If you want BOLD and AFFIRMATIVE, vote for President Obama and a straight Democrat ticket. Funny how the GOP wants to blame President Obama's policies, yet they have obstructed 99% of his policy efforts. Give the President a Congress that will work with him America, otherwise be prepared for misery.

    June 10, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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