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. ted

    sure go bold. Like tell us you just used an ATM or pumped your own gas or bagged your own groceries, ya know, stuff the common working stiff guy does. Oh that's right, you Mitt 'Rape the country Bain Capital' Romney don't give a crap about the common working guy because you are rich and out of touch with the real reality, not your fake rich reality. I think you need to take your etch a sketch and go home to your newest mansion and leave the country alone. I cannot imagine how horrible a Romney administration could be. actually it would be similar to the failed huge deficit causing Bush administration 'let's save the banks from their incompetence' TARP plan.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 10, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Sue

    In November........Republicans AND the majority of Independents.....would walk through broken glass in their bare feet--just to get to the polls and send Obama back to Chicago. That you can take to the bank (or the welfare office, whichever applies). And, for the libbies who keep saying "what is Romney's plan".......Well, Obama's been in office almost 4 years now--and it is obvious he still does not have a plan-or the plans that he had did not work!! But, now Obama is saying......"seriously guys......I really really really do have a plan this time". I cannot wait until November, to watch the shock/anger of the liberals, when Obama is sent back to Chicago!!

    June 10, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. EddyL

    Romney is as substantive and exciting as a piece of pre-wrapped American cheese.

    June 10, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. CRAIG

    But, don't forget, he can read a balance sheet.

    June 10, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. mommytwice

    Romney and his party spend all their time whining about the president and no time telling us anything of any substance. He has said nothing past Obama this and Obama that. What will YOU do, Mitt, besides cut jobs and make the rich richer? Nothing, that's what.

    June 10, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. JohnRJohnson

    The problem I have with Mitt Romney is that he is a pathological liar. All politicians lie, but Romney does it over and over again, seemingly thinking nobody will notice. Hello! We have the videotape. And it's not enough that he never admits to his stretches of the truth. He has recently said, "I don't know what I said, but I stand by it, whatever it was that I said." Yes, he actually said that. Putin, Ahmadinejad and Hu Jintao would eat this guy's lunch.

    June 10, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Chipster

    Bush was "all hat and no cattle." Romney is exactly like Bush - without the hat ! He says one thing today and the opposite next week. He was against the Vietnam War before he was for it and before he was against it and before he was for it..... he didn't take money from his dad but he and Ann went to college, drove 2 cars, lived in an apartment and neither one of them had a job. ??? so somebody paid the tuition, rent, and expenses. He says he didn't except an inheritance from his dad but then we learn that he did receive an inheritance but "gave it to charity." So, it seems that there's something more to that relationship than Romney wants to discuss. We do not need to return to supply-side economics and more huge tax cuts for the wealthy.

    June 10, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Engineer in Raleigh

    Indeed, Romney, go "bold". Go with the Ryan plan. Judging by the number of Medicare entitled geriatrics at the tea party rallies, this country could use an honest discussion about what "socialized medicine" actually is.

    June 10, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. getalife

    When the gop win the White House, something collapses.

    Why vote for another collapse?

    June 10, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. enuff

    Where's the beef Romney? Your vote for me cuz I'm not him campaign can only go so far. Give something of substance or you will lose.

    June 10, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. Feed Your Head

    "I just hope he takes a page out of President Reagan's playbook in 1980,"

    This is 2012.
    When do Republicans realise this ?
    You can never go back, only forward.
    Grow up.

    June 10, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    I guess going BOLD for Gov Walker would be to run crying to every GOP outlet he can outside his state begging for money and using FoxNews as the PRAVADA that it is for the right to ask for all kinds of help in an election that he would have lost if he hadn't done all he did. Well Mitt will have the back of Koch Brothers money as well and Karl Rove is already spreading falsehoods like the manure spreader he is, so once America wakes up and sees that their votes may not really count and he that has the most money is more likely to win, perhaps the SCOTUS will be backed into a corner over what they have done.

    June 10, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. BcdErick

    Good advice. Obviously if Americans are sane Romney wins easily. But I hope Scott Walker becomes president some day. He has integrity and huge cojones to do what he did.

    June 10, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. Toad

    Romney going bold? That is a Joke. Money is the only thing that's gotten him as far as he has. He has no plans he thinks money and ABO will win him the election!

    June 10, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. Donny

    This election will be "close" just like the Wisconsin Re-call election with Romney winning by seven points popular vote and taking 48 out of the 50 states.

    June 10, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Chuck

    I 've got some tough love for Romney...."You're not gonna win."

    June 10, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    This is priceless. The reason he doesn't strenthen his message is BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE A MESSAGE!
    All I hear him doing is bad mouthing the President but I still have to hear anything he will do and BTW, bishop, you can't run on your "business experience" if all it is is bain and you don't anyone talking and/or asking you questions about bain.
    He also doesn't know what his puppeteers (koch bros, norquist, rove) are going to have him talk about on any given day so he has to wait for his marching orders to say nothing!

    June 10, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. Toad

    Mitt Romney is to much of a coward to produce his own plan he's afraid it will not agree with the middle class,poor and elderly but the rich would probably love it! He's going to try to win with money and the anybody but Obama voters!

    June 10, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. 0rangeW3dge

    Mitt Romney "going bold" is like Mitt Romney "being careful",
    If you took time-lapse photography of the Romney campaign, the first frame would be indistinguishable from the last. The image on the etch-a-sketch keeps returning, like the "Magic 8 Ball" answers that he gives:
    "We'll See", "Maybe Tomorrow", "Definitely a possibility", "Obama is a Failure"...

    June 10, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. jean

    Instead of hearing about everything that he will repeal if he is elected, I want to know the following:

    1. Health Care – What will he do to reign in health care costs, decrease the number of bankruptcies filed due to catastrophic medical bills, and increase the number of people that have health insurance?
    2. Environment – What will he do to protect the water and air if regulations are overturned and companies resume dumping toxic wastes, as they have done in the past?

    So far, he's only told us what he would eliminate. That would take us back to square one, but it wouldn't resolve the original problems.

    June 10, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Mike in Texas

    Romney cannot do something he is incapable of doing.
    How can he be bold if he cannot stand up to the likes of Rush, Ted Nugent and Alan West.
    Being bold would mean having a campaign message other than Obama is bad vote for me.
    Being bold would mean telling the truth instead making misleading or false statements.
    Being bold would mean telling Grover Norquist and Karl Rove to shove off.
    Being bold would mean having new ideas instead of old failed ones.
    Being bold would mean interviewing with anyone, not just friendly new outlets.

    I will take 69K – 250K job growth any day of the week thank you. It sure the heck beats losing 700K jobs a month.

    June 10, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. kendrick1

    Looks as though I'll have to move over to the liberals' side since it appears they are the only ones that are better off today than they wer 3.5 years ago!!


    June 10, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. Matt6123

    What is Mitt's plan? How about what is Obama's? To continue his failing policies? Continue 2.2%GDP growth? Nope instead he is going to use my tax paying money to fly around the country and play golf, watch sports games, and hang out with George Clooney.

    June 10, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. John

    It is true Romney has no chance unless he goes 'big and bold' with some plans for us to think about. That won't happen though. (1) 'turning back the clock' is never an option. (2) Romney has said he's not going to give out his plans for us to think over, lest they be ton up. (3) his tax plan is more (even more than more) of the same; it actually increases taxes for those earning under 40K via expiration of temporary credits, while focusing even more wealth at the top. (Which does NOT trickle down or 7 years of Bush cuts would not have ended where we did in 2008.) Can't blame him for trying to squeak in without stating his plans, but then he can't blame me for sticking with the devil I already know.

    June 10, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. aljones

    Republicans should not take anything for granted. But I don't buy the election will be close unless something very surprising happens. No more than I bought what the liberal media was calling a close election in Wisconsin. Democrats are very good at staying on message, and have nothing to gain by confessing their real fears that Obama is toast come November. I personally don't just want to see Obama lose. I want to see a big win for Romney. I want to know that this country has come back to it's senses. Sending a clear message that Obama's failed policies should be booted back to the stone age.

    June 10, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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