August 25th, 2010
12:05 PM ET
12 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."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitch Daniels • Sarah Palin
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. An American Patriot

    Give Alaska back to the Russians before it's too late.

    August 25, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Alex

    I love it! Another admission that Palin brings in people who had previously no interest in politics before. Whey the sudden interest now? Oh, because there's a black man in the WH!!!

    And since they had no interest in politics before, they obviously were NEVER PAYING ATTENTION!!! Again, where was all the anger when the republican-bush regime was racking up all the deficit with therr illegal war, or rewarding companies who shipped American jobs overseas, growing our goverment to the biggest its ever been by hiring over-paid contractor buddies, etc., etc.?

    Nope, they weren't paying attention then. Why in the world should we think they have any clue now?

    August 25, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. DJ in TX

    Wow, a Republican who is "somewhat" distancing himself from the divisive Ms. Palin. He's very tactful though, not disparaging her, but also notes that her appeal is limited to a few and not the broad spectrum that would be needed to win a general election. Remember, Ms. Palin does not bode well with independents or moderate Republicans.

    Appealing to fringes of BOTH sides, whether Dem or GOP is NOT the answer that is needed right now. The very hard right does not have the answer, nor does the very hard left. Stay true to your beliefs and values, but you have to meet somewhere in the middle, whether center left or center right. Even Reagan recognized that.

    August 25, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. bernice

    Yes, Palin reaches the dumb & uneducated in our country..You have to be desperate to stand beside this dork...
    I wish that in 2012, O'Bama will decide not to run again..give it to the repubs & let them clean up their own mess...
    Vote McConnell & Palin..they are both total idiots

    August 25, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Mary Lou Welz

    Daniels is going no where and no one cares what his opinion of Palin is. He is recognized by Erick Erickson of Red State site and three other people.
    Get a life

    August 25, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Pat

    I hope he's right. If he isn't, then we have to face the sad fact there are many more ignorant bigots in our country than we thought possible.

    August 25, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Dano

    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."

    Gov. Daniels sounds smart and sensible. He recognizes that the partisan bickering is only hurting our country and that we all need to work together to help solve America's problems. Unfortunately, he's doomed to never win any GOP primary if he does decide to run again as this will be seen as a weakness to the rabid, hate-mongering base!

    August 25, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. TangledThorns

    The difference between Daniels and Palin is that I will not campaign nor donate for Daniels. I Palin runs she'll get 100% support from me and my conservative colleagues.

    August 25, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Truth

    Danial you boring hack. You can't shine her shoes.

    August 25, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. G

    who cares what she does?

    August 25, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Daniels is correct, but possibly in a way that Palin doesn't want. She could energize people to rally - against her! I hope that people understand that she doesn't have much (or any) understanding. She quit after half a term as governor; how does this inspire confidence in leadership?

    August 25, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Governor Daniels, a clear and concise speaker, is very kind and diplomatic when referencing Sarah Palin and her role.

    It appears the followers of Sarah Palin are incapable of objective thought, for no person with powers of objective thought could embrace the radicalism, separatist position of Ms. Palin – or her inability to express a coherent message (ala George W. Bush).

    I am very sad for our country. Governor Daniels is correct when he refers to the value of voter involvement where it may not have previously existed. Sadly, so many of the Sarah Palin followers are those very people who would exclude, radicalize and spew hate. These are sad times for our country, indeed!

    August 25, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Patriot

    This is the best the GOP can come up with in 2012? Who is this guy? about a lack of ideas and leadership....

    August 25, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |

    Palin isn't smart enough to be president of a PTA. We all know this. You may agree with her politics or not, but her ideas are not her own and she has proven herself over and over to be divisive as well as below average in intelligence.

    That said, Daniels is simply trying to be sly in pointing out that Palin is a divider, and we need a pres that can bring people together. He's announcing his run on the moderate platform.

    August 25, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. abbydaddy

    It's all because she can see Russia from her house.

    August 25, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Ellis Island

    CNN: She may have a pretty face (somewhat debatable), but there is absolutely no substance behind that face. Please move on to more intelligent life on the planet.

    August 25, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. chelle

    Wow...I am actually impressed with a Republican leader. I think we need to keep an eye on him. He sounds reasonable – can it be true? Scott Brown and Mitch this a trend?

    August 25, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    I live in Indiana. This state has an abysmal environmental record. Locally a guy's Lab jumped into a creek. Well, it was the discharge from a mint farm. It was 190 degrees F. The dog was boiled alive. The owner, who is diabetic and lives alone, got burns trying to save his dog. Mitch's environmental department counseled the farm it might be a good idea to try to lower the temperature on the discharge. No fines, no citations.

    This is the type of jerk Daniels is. No concern for the people of his state, there is a waste pile names after his environmental director and nothing is done about it.

    He privatizes state assets, and the state is broke. Don't believe a word he says, he is not a financial genius. Mitch's name should be Ponzi.

    He deserves no publicity and should be tossed to the ashheap of history.

    August 25, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. anagram_kid

    Why can’t these folks just be honest and say this… “People who admire Palin do so because they hate President Obama and see her as the opposite of him. He makes them feel inferior and she makes them feel good about being underachievers.”

    August 25, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. ABM

    To the people who have never voted before and plan to do so in November: Educate yourselves on the candidates FIRST and government first. These people will tell you one thing then after they are elected they do the opposite so they can keep their donors happy. The Party of NO wants to make you believe they have the solutions to everything yet they have not stood up for the people who elected them into office. Talk a look at Mr. Tan, Cantor, and every other RepubliCANT ever since November of 2008. Their professionalism and maturity went down the toilet.

    The political universe in the US was turned upside down by obstructionist, lying, and ignorant Republicans.


    August 25, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Rush Goebbels

    Yea she does energize half the woodpeckers on the right,the other half love the boy scouts,like Rush

    August 25, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. anagram_kid

    I am so tired of hearing about how she excites the base. Big deal, country-western singers, shiny fake gold crosses and potato chips shaped liked Dale Earnhardt’s head excite that base too.

    August 25, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. lost in Texas FOREVER

    the popularity of people like Palin, Beck, Backmann et al just shows me the education level of our country is WAY too low to ever be competitive. It was cute at first but it's becoming not only annoying but really scary. And these are the same folks that claim they are afraid of where the coubtry is heading.

    August 25, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Dave Harris

    Yes, she's like the pied piper of the stupid. Oh, they've never had a leader before? What about George W. Bush? That certainly worked out well.

    August 25, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Terry - Indiana

    Daniels better focus on creating jobs and getting a higher number of high school boys to actually graduate.

    August 25, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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