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. kevgood

    Flip Flopley just needs to pivot right again.

    June 10, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  2. say-it

    Romney is an arrogant man… and this article only shows me that even his own party is worried and needs to jump into help him. Tough love… really? Romney is a child and a puppet for the GOP.

    June 11, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  3. ct

    dont let romney turn America to Amercia

    June 11, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  4. Will G.

    The contrast couldn't be any clearer. Romney creates value in everything he touches using private investors' and his own money which was earned. Obama pays off his circle of friends and himself with unearned public money, creating debt in everything he touches. Start with his Choom Gang (selling dope), look at the disaster of Altgelt (sp) Gardens in Chicago, the Annenberg Committee, onward to the big taxpayer trough of the US Presidency. Study for yourself, seek truth and don't be deceived. God Bless America.

    June 11, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  5. GE in MD

    @A not so stupid former republican ; I think that it's not quite that simple. A few more Obama Hoof in Mouth incidents and it's all over.

    June 11, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  6. say-it

    I hear ya -> Grow up already!

    June 11, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  7. Dave À

    Zero times a million still equals zero

    June 11, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  8. BeverlyNC

    Romney is not capable of anything "bold" or that requires leadership or principles. He is a liar who wastes all our time telling constant lies about President Obama and his record. Romney, however, cannot even answer one question on any issue, offer a single valid solution, or speak without a pre-written speech by someone else. He is an idiot – the new male version of Sarah Palin. Clueless, stupid, no idea what foreign policy is or what countries still exist outside the U.S. or who the leaders are, wants to destroy our economy again by using the exact same failed Bush policies plus adding the Ryan budget on top to destroy everything from education to food stamps to veteran benefits to Medicare to the EPA to the Post office. Romney is nothing but a corporate puppet who will betray the People to please the wealthy billionaires who have bought him a place in the election. I stand with the President – a real leader with real solutions, a proven success record, and who has never stopped working for ALL Americans.

    June 11, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  9. Reefer Power

    It's obvious from the concerted negative campaigning from the left that they are out of ideas.

    It's interesting that the left is trying to attack Romney when he has clearly proposed a detailed 47 point economic plan and yet they don't even know what the plan is.

    To make it simple for them, here is the difference between the two:

    Obama's vison is 2 points: spend and tax....someone else

    Romney's vision is: private sector job creation, liberty, less bureaucracy, more efficiency, more accountability, and more freedom.

    June 11, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  10. Geoff

    Maybe through policy we will all be wearing white short sleeved button downs, dark slacks, and riding bicycles.

    June 11, 2012 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  11. william

    the election would come down to which candidate could best appeal to major groups across those battlegrounds.

    jackpot brother. in one sentence, without meaning too, he put his finger exactly on what is wrong with america. to many it is about what the politician can deliver to them personally rather than what is best for the country.

    June 11, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  12. rickinmo

    Romney is pandering to the radical right even though those folks won't vote for Obama under any circumstances. The concern is they won't show up to vote and if he can't count on them, he can't count an anyone. He has no convictions of his own. He's changed his position on major issues like abortion to satisfy the right but, has his position really changed?

    His whole campaign is based on not being Obama. He has not elaborated on specific programs or policies he would champion. He wants to dismantle Health Care. Why? Because it's unpopular? Most people like Obama Care when asked about specific aspects of the plan. It's only because of misinformation distributed by the right that it's unpopular. The right is arguing against PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY? I thought that's what they wanted. Republicans have embarked on a war against anything Obama wants even when it was their idea to begin with. They've stated their intentions on several occasions. Are these people concerned about our country or their seats in the House and Senate. There's no question, it the latter.

    June 11, 2012 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  13. spangler

    R-money needs to go bold and say "it's none of my business who consenting adults want to marry."

    June 11, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  14. Jon

    Too bad Daniels didn't run. That guy actually has integrity. But I guess that's precisely why he chose not to.

    June 11, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    For me its good advice. The idea that a constant slanging match and criticism of everything Obama does, does not get you elected President of the USA.
    He has to start saying what he really stands for and come clean with detailed Jobs and economic policies detailed spending cuts and if necessary saying in detail how it affects budget deficits and national debt. Almost daily and contradictory etch a sketches dont work either.
    So far its just Emotional, opinionated waffle and many soundbites like; I'll do X on day one as president,,, come on what about Congress and the Senate... Presidents can call for legislative action but cannot make it happen, especially in a congress as divided as it is at present and nothing goes anywhere until it has 60 votes in the Senate,

    June 11, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  16. some guy in New Hampshire

    Another example of a political party nominating a mediocrity and then trying to shape a "message" around him. Romeny's message is, "Obama stinks, therefore I'm competent to be president." The man lacks substance as well as character, as demonstrated by his habit of lying over and over about things that are easily fact-checked. A party and its message-meisters can't fix that.

    June 11, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  17. Sorensen

    Get real everybody. The man has nothing to go bold with. Nothing.
    He is an empty suit from Bain Capital.

    June 11, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Romney is a pathological liar.

    June 11, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  19. Rob

    Let us all hope , and pray that Obama goes the way of Jimmy Carter. Into the trash bin of history never to been heard from again.
    Right now I would vote for Mickey Mouse over this guy that's leaking Intel, and is speading like a drunk Salior, shoving Health care down our throats, and does back room deals with the russians.
    Mickey Mouse where are you ???
    No Obama 2012

    June 11, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |

    All you uneducated voters who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and are unemployed. I have good news for you the Economy is just fine. I know I am voting for Mitt Romney because I am one of the educated voters who voted for John McCain, if he won the Economy would be more then just fine it would be fantastic.

    June 11, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  21. fernace

    Romney has been "going bold"! He's been boldly lying his perfect coiff off ever since he started campaigning, 6 yrs ago! He & his GOTP crew have wreaked havoc w/their lies, obstructions & tantrums, during a time when the American people needs our elected officials to put their personal differences aside & get our nation back on track! AKA-Work! Instead of helping to create jobs, jobs, jobs, their governors have been busy laying off almost 1/2 million people, dismantling womens healthcare & chopping our childrens education! Romney & his party doesn't want us to know too much about "his plan," because they know better than any1 that it only benefits the rich, corporations & themselves!! Forward-Obama 2012!

    June 11, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  22. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    His message is coming across loud and clear. Romney is NOT electable. The man is against America and all we stand for. He's for the top 1% by destroying the 99%.

    His message is VERY clear.

    June 11, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |

    Scott Walker still has a criminal defense fund. Wisconsin got it right. Sort of. They changed the makeup of the Senate so Walker can't go on with his radical agenda.

    June 11, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  24. Lucky18

    Romney will sink this country into depression...Why? Because ther idea of "de-regulation" is a non starter.
    These ( I can't say or I'll be booted off) "people", cannot be trusted!

    June 11, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    In order for Willard to offer a "bold, affirmative message" he must first be capable of understanding exactly what is happening to the majority of Americans. He needs to realize that WE do not own NASCAR teams. WE do not have elevators in our garages so our multiple Caddys can be brought up for driving. WE do not have offshore accounts. WE cannot afford to send our children to private school. WE all have our taxes filed. Add to that some of us are wondering if we will be able to continue to make our mortgage payments, or if the company we work for will be experiencing layoffs thanks to reorganization caused by capital investment firms buying us out, buying out our suppliers or buying out our customers!

    June 11, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
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