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."

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  1. Anonymous

    Palin is not a forace- she is a farce -uled by the media.
    Stop her coverage and see how much clout she has.
    Mc Cain gave her a name and the media keeps beating her drum like they did Britney and Octomom
    Yuo don't see Britney making headlines becuase they moved on. you don;t see Octomom becuase htere is nothing to see. and where is Joe the plumber wihtout the press? He;'s got his head in a toilet again-an item related to where Mrs. Palin's is.

    August 25, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Jan TX

    I agree with the other posters; Palin energizes Obama haters only and horney old farts. The 20% of our country who are basically illiterate are intimated by those who are more intelligent (Obama). They also fall prey to lies and simple sound bites that play to their biggest fears. The Neocons would take this country down and ugly path (unless you are the wealthy 2%) and our environment would be in more trouble than it currently is. No on GOP!

    August 25, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Ed L

    Palin is about as energizing as that dumb bunny on TV

    August 25, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Robert

    who is Sarah Palin?

    August 25, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Tim

    I saw this the other day on a talk forum:

    Sarah Palin is an “empty vessel” and a demagogue. She doesn’t know enough about politics to even be called an ideologue. She never speaks in specifics about any issue and is always on the attack, never offering a single constructive alternative. Why? Because she doesn’t have any. It is far easier to make insinuations, use innuendo, and attack someone with empty-headed sarcasm than it is to develop your own well thought out ideas and articulate them in a comprehensible manner.

    August 25, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. DJ

    Personally, I like the fact that we have an educated President in office that has been making things happen. I mean let the record show, there were campaign promises made that have for all intense purposes been done. They might not have been implemented like folks wanted but they were done. Healthcare, Iraq war, financial reform and some more. So for you folks wanting the Republicans back running thing, I would really think long and hard about it. I would ask you guys to go check their voting records on bills and see how they sat on their hands and didn’t try help at all!!
    They want to brand the President as spending wildly and running up the deficit, but how else was he to get things fixed? Did we or for that matter have we heard the Republican offer up anything?
    As for the States, I didn’t see one of them give any of the money back for the various stimulus projects, teacher funds, police, fire, and other things to keep the State running. I mean folks want to blame this economy on the President, but I would go tell you to tell your Republican buddies to tell the Corporations to start hiring and stop hoping they are going to get the government back. Because it is clearly evident that businesses are not hiring because we have an African American in Office who will not let them get away with stuff that has gone on too long in the past!!
    As for Palin, one question ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    August 25, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. D

    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." THEIR interest. Which means more power to Wall Street, more letting the banks continue to hold the economy hostage, the destruction of social security, our entire health care system handed over to insurers....if you vote Republican...this is what you are gonna get. This country is on the verge of collapse, and behavior of the banks are going to ensure we do. Deregulation is NOT the answer. It continues to reward arrogant and bad behavior Republican ideals thrive on.

    August 25, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Nadeem

    Palin vitrol is resposible for the stabbing of a Muslim cabdriver in NYC. Becuase of all the hate speech someone actually stabbed the man simply because of his religion. The media, CNN included and all the haters out there have blood on their hands.

    August 25, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Terry from West Texas

    The secret to Palin's success is that half of America's voters have a below average IQ. Those who are dumber than average nevertheless see themselves as smart cookies, the salt of the earth. They think that they realize that things are really simple. The world's problems just need someone who tells it like it is and won't back down. The world's problems can be explained in short sentences written at an 8th grade level, they imagine. All you need is common sense.

    Palin has found her people.

    August 25, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Pragmatic

    Palin? She's "The Quitter" (flippin' the bird to all who voted her in as governor) who tells Dr. Laura "not to quit" and moans about "freedom of speech."

    Should you loose your job over a remark? Imus did. Palin herself loudly called for Raul's firing when he used the "r" word to describe and idea – not even a person ... Palin saying later that buddy Rush can use it but no one else! ... and then she also wanted Letterman's right to "free speech" denied .. all for her – nothing for us.

    Sorry – she just rings so hollow ...

    August 25, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. bill

    please mitch i can vote against you fool is one hoosier he wont get. JUST CALL HIM PRIVITISE MITCH.

    August 25, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Buster

    The liberals like to call everyone who does not agree with them as dim witted or worse. But who is the real idiot. If nobummer was a Republican, the liberals would be calling him every name they called President Bush. To keep spending money we do not have after seeing it is not working is plain dumb as a sack of hammers. But nobummer and the idiot liberals want to continue this assine path to ruin.

    August 25, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Ron in Califonia

    Frank in Indiana...boiled dog what BS,
    Ameican patriot-yu better hope they don't give alaska back..we're going to need the oil.
    The rest of the Palin haters...hahahahaha

    August 25, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. greg in jax

    does anyone seriously think palin is bringing in new voters.. those voters are not new, they have been casting ballots all along. the truth will come out in november.

    August 25, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Superhiro

    He didn't SUGGEST her reach is limited, he KNOWS it.

    August 25, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. No Incumbents

    Daniels misreads the primary electorate. In 2008 Palin captured America's heart with her folksy carisma and adorable personality. Now in 2010 she has established herself as the undeniable kingmaker of the midterm. In 2012 she will arouse the interest of the GOP primary voters and get elected President. which has become nothing more than a popularticy contet.

    August 25, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. malabar

    Even if everythng the dems say about Palin were true, i wud still rather have her as President than the Muslim. hahaha, see how ez it is to spread lies and hate? can u tell i used to b a dem? too ez

    August 25, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. matt

    Palin is a great woman and great leader. She is also a hottie and will be the next president of the USA. We do not have a president now. He is an illegal and probably a muslim terrorist himself. The skinny lying muslim terd who illegally occupies the office of president will certainly know better than to run again. The people of this country have wised up to the gay dominated left wing barry hussein worshiping blame america first media (ellen degenerant, rosie ofattass and catie smartass). the next election is going to be a joy to watch the democrats and all the idiots put in by the free cheesers become the ones employed.

    August 25, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Shelby

    I will never understand how celebrity-president-wannabe $arah can influence people. She calls herself a "pitbull" yet she is too afraid to even appear on a NON-Foxnews Sunday morning talk show! $arah is really just a BIG OL' SCAREDY CAT!

    August 25, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. matt

    Palin is an extremely smart woman. She will be attacked by the gays, socialist left, blame america firsters, atheist, illegal aliens etc....Just like Reagan was. But as Reagan did so will Mrs Palin. She will be the next President of the USA and will be a damn good one. It will take a long time for the socialist democratic party agenda to be reversed, but it will be. Barry Hussein our muslim president will know better than to run again. It is truly disgusting to watch him speak and I am completley ashamed as an American that this is the character that we present as our leader to the world. Wow what a nightmare. Run Palin Run.

    August 25, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Peace

    Each party has the main entertainer. On the Dems side we have Blagojevich and the other party they have Sarah. She can't be assigned other work more than this one as she is not capable.

    August 25, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Bob of Lompoc

    This guy from Indiana is a potential Republican threat in 2012? Obama on his Statea in 2008. How does he calculate he has some pull? Republicans – dancing in the dark!

    August 25, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Daniels with limited views....

    Sarah Palin will capture the votes to run for President in 2012 and will win big....remember the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008 more than 59million American voted for this ticket meaning 59-million Americans so far think she has those special "Leadership" qualities.

    August 25, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Marge

    Her POLITICAL reach is very limited. They are making a big deal out of the Alaska race. She had nothing to do with the challenger almost and very likely beating Murkuski. Murkuski is very very unpopular. She is the old way and people are looking for a new way. THAT's why her challenger is ahead, not because squeaky voiced half term quitter Palin endorsed the challenger.

    Do you notice. PALIN DOES NOT COME OUT IN THE BEGINNING and endorse anybody. She waits til she thinks she has the person the public wants in her sights then she picks that one. What a joke, anybody could pick that way.

    August 25, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. keithincanada

    the growing problem in the US is people's and government's inability to civilly talk and reach compromises. The US is sinking and the rowboats need to be stocked.

    August 25, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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