August 25th, 2010
12:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Daniels draws a contrast with Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on Wednesday suggested that Sarah Palin’s political reach is limited."](CNN) - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a possible presidential candidate in 2012, affirmed Wednesday that Sarah Palin is an energizing force among Republicans but suggested her political reach has its limits.

Asked his opinion of Palin in an interview with the editorial board of the Louisville Courier-Journal, a newspaper that covers parts of southern Indiana, Daniels said Palin has a "potentially positive" role in the GOP but added: "Let's wait and see."

"She clearly reaches and energizes some people who hadn't been active before," Daniels said. "That's always a good thing, whoever brings that up. She is an appealing figure, at least to a number of people."

Daniels instead suggested the country needs a leader with the ability to bring disparate factions together to solve what he named as the primary problems facing the country: the growing debt and national security.

"Let me say it this way," Daniels said. "To do the sort of things that I personally believe are necessary for the American experiment to continue as anything like we have known it, that is for us to be a place of hope and upward mobility, I believe we are going to have to do some very decisive things."

Daniels said "the only way for these improbable things to occur" is that "a broad coalition of people, broader than we're used to lately, would have to agree, maybe to set aside disagreements on other things, because if we don't deal with the debt problem, if we don't face squarely the new threats to our lives in a national security context, some of these other disagreements aren't going to matter very much at all."

The governor, who has stirred real presidential buzz among Republican power players in Washington in recent months, stressed that "we've got to come together broadly and do these things that are in all our interests."

Asked is his own political future included a shot at the White House in 2012, Daniels said, "I don't expect to be a candidate again."

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  1. Steve

    He's right about Palin, and the entire GOP knows it...she has no hope in Alaska to ever be nominated by her party, let alone be President. However, because of the reality show nature of American journalism, she gets a disproportionate amount of media coverage. I do not see any link between the number of times she appears on television and her electability.

    August 25, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Jilli

    Problem is, she has little favorables outside the tent of the republican party. For every one she attracts, 2 others are turned off by her.

    August 25, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Irma in North Carolina

    Hey all you Sarah lovers out there, dont you realize if Sarah (God Forbid) got into the the white house it would be Todd running the country just like he did running Alaska when Sarah was in there.

    August 25, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |

    If painlen was a blonde she would be complete. Oh, guess I should apoligize to blondes now huh?

    August 25, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. matt

    Reading these posts I cant believe all the leftwing idiots. but wait i forgot this is a cnn blog, i understand now...the democrats have spent this cournty into oblivian. The democratic controlled congress has destroyed this cournty. It was the disasterous clinton regime that set our economic collapse in motion. President Bush inherited a dysfunctional nation from Clinton who was too busy raping interns and Hillary was dating Janet Rhino. Obviously the mentally disturbed Gore was tied up inventing the internet. Palin is not only a hottie but she is a very intelligent women. A lot smarter than the leftist idiots posting on this plog. You idiots posting on this blog need to go back to your blame america first rallies and protecting the baby killing clinics from the prolifers. The next election is going to be very interesting. Its going to be big fun to watch the democrats and barry hussein worshipers go down in flames..... It can happen soon enough. The elections in November are only going to be a small taste of the tremendous ass kicking you free cheesers are going to get in 2012. Go Sarah, Palin 2012 all the way.

    August 25, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He's saying the exact same thing that President Obama has said and been saying. Here's the difference though: the playground BULLIES are talking common sense versus punching people out and now everyone is hopeful and listening.

    What is happenning right before these November elections is Nazi psychology at it's best. The Nazis (that would be the Republicans) have been lying, and abusing their position for almost 2 years now. Anybody that gets in their way they mow down. They've been saying NO to everything, and basically just beting up anyone that gets in their way. All of a sudden......THEY ARE SOUNDING LIKE SANE AND REASONABLE human beings!! Beautiful psychology! Maybe they've changed some say; they couldn't be that evil others are saying.

    I say to you naive, and credulous people: DON'T FALL FOR IT!!!

    Look what happenned to the Jews in Nazi Germany. The Nazis told them, just like the Republicans are doing now, WHATEVER they wanted to hear in order to get them to the GAS OVENS without resistance.

    This is a good time to remember the saying that was borne out of that period in history: NEVER AGAIN!!!!

    August 25, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. what a joke

    i could care less who the republican nominee is in 2012..they won't ever get my vote! just like theyve voted no against every single piece of legislation..i will vote NO to every one of their candidates!

    August 25, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. annie s

    Gosh, imagine a member of the Party of No thinks bipartisanship is the answer. Go figure.

    August 25, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Mack

    I didn't read, see or hear anything about Sarah Palin being at Senator Ted Stevens' funeral in Alaska. Was that because the Stevens family would not PAY Palin for her appearance?

    August 25, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Tayo


    This is Palin factor in GOP.

    August 25, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let's just call it the dumbing of America. Palin has no education, Todd has none and the rest of the family aren't inspired to get an education, no wonder the Chinese children and others are whipping our butts in education. We live in an international world and my family will be educated and up for the challenge worldwide learning from those who have the knowledge and education to advance their goals.

    August 25, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Michael in Houston

    get real here pal....she energizes and is popular among a minority of the republican party. Beyond that space she is disregarded and disliked by the VAST majority of Americans.....deomcrats and republicans alike.
    Her endorsement campaign is based on two provides her spotlight time which she an almost weird obsession with AND I am sure she thinks this will increase her influence.

    The worst thing, the most dangerous thing about our politics today is that we are utterly incapapable of collectively agreeing when a candidate so unsuitable comes along.

    August 25, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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