Dallas (CNN) - For the second year in a row, the Tennessee Republican Party has landed a potential presidential candidate to headline its biggest fundraising dinner of the year.
CNN has learned that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who could be just days away from announcing a Republican presidential bid, will keynote the party's Statesmen's Dinner in Nashville on July 15.
Dallas (CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who was on the cusp of a presidential campaign before backing away from a bid last month, said Monday that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels should join the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Barbour is a friend and political ally of Daniels, who has remained coy about his presidential intentions despite entreaties from veteran Republican operatives and donors.
(CNN) - Gov. Nikki Haley, the top Republican in the early presidential contest state of South Carolina, readily revealed her thoughts about the 2012 GOP presidential field, calling the coverage that paints Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ wife as a reluctant spouse “ridiculous.”
“I think it's ridiculous. I think it’s a terrible distraction to a campaign,” Haley said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “He was an amazing reformer in his state. He brought great issues. He showed great courage at times that he needed to. Those are the issues we need to talk about.”
FORTUNE – Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels still hasn't decided whether he's running for president, but he knows time is running out. "I have to make a decision within a few weeks," he said in an exclusive interview with Fortune.
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Of the many possible Republican contenders, Daniels has attracted the most speculation because his success fixing Indiana's fiscal mess positions him best to address the nation's looming debt crisis. Pundits, including Time magazine's Joe Klein and the New York Times' David Brooks, have publicly urged him to run, and many Republicans have beseeched him privately. He has said he'd make no decision until after the Indiana legislature concluded its session - which it did at the end of April - and the demands of fundraising probably require that any candidate declare his or her intentions by June. So Daniels knows the clock is ticking.
Indianapolis, Indiana (CNN) - In 2001, a Washington Monthly magazine profile described Mitch Daniels, then White House budget director under President George W. Bush, as "deeply conservative with a moderate demeanor."
Ten years on, Daniels, now teetering on the brink of a presidential bid, is the repeated target of tongue-lashings from Rush Limbaugh, who this week blasted the "boring and moderate" Indiana governor as the favorite son of Washington elites who are out of step with today's conservative movement.
Indianapolis, Indiana (CNN) - Over a thousand Indiana Republicans greeted Gov. Mitch Daniels at a fundraising dinner Thursday with a standing ovation and a flurry of green signs reading, "RUN MITCH RUN."
Daniels answered the frenzy in his typical self-deprecating fashion: with a joke about his diminutive stature.
(CNN) - Republican Indiana governor and potential 2012 presidential candidate Mitch Daniels signed a bill Tuesday that will cut off significant amounts of federal funds given to his state’s chapter of Planned Parenthood, a move the group fought by filing for a temporary restraining order and injunction with the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.
The bill, which passed both houses of the state legislature by large margins, imposes some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortions, cutting off about $3 million in public funds received for female preventive health services, including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings and other tests in the Hoosier state.
(CNN)–House Speaker John Boehner has his eye on Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels as a potentially formidable candidate for the GOP presidential nomination. In an interview on NBC's "Today" Tuesday, Boehner said he thinks Daniels is "looking pretty seriously at this."
Touting Daniels' record, Boehner continued saying, "[He's] another person who's got a real track record of reform in his state, the kind of reforms that we need to have in Washington, D.C."
(CNN) – As the presidential waiting game continues, potential 2012 GOP candidates are off on various travels this week, mostly in presidential contest states.
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Washington (CNN) - As he decides whether to enter the Republican presidential nomination battle, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels came to Washington on Wednesday touting his education reform and fiscal records but giving no further hints on which way he may be leaning.
During an appearance at the American Enterprise Institute, he talked about how the reforms just passed by the state legislature, including requiring annual evaluations of teachers and more charter schools in the state, will dramatically improve the education standards in the state.