Daniels explains call for social truce
March 10th, 2011
04:54 PM ET
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Daniels explains call for social truce

(CNN) - In a new web video released Thursday potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitch Daniels called his suggestion that potential Republican candidates declare a truce on social issues in the next election "a tactical suggestion."

In an interview with "Uncommon Knowledge," a webcast in conjunction with the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, the Indiana governor said avoiding moral issues during the primaries would prevent the party from alienating voters: "all I was really saying was I don't want to lose one person."

Daniels has repeatedly voiced opposition to using social issues for political gain in the next election. Most recently he told radio host Laura Ingraham he wanted to "mute" topics like abortion and gay marriage for awhile while the country confronts the economic crisis.

But Daniels' comments were met with criticism from other potential presidential contenders and social conservatives. At Monday's Faith and Freedom Coalition forum in Iowa former Pennsylvania senator and all-but-declared candidate for president Rick Santorum told the audience "you can't" call a truce on moral issues.

In Thursday's video Daniels said the country needs to make the kind of changes that will "restore America's greatness."

"All I was saying was we're going to need to unify all kinds of people and we're going to need, freedom's going to need very friend it can get."

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  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Is this a joke? The GOP THRIVES on agitation and exploiting wedge issues.

    March 10, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Mtnjim

    Wonder how soon the far right will label him a "communist' or "socialist".

    March 10, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe Mitch forgot, that the base of the republican party can only get fired up when the GOP attacks women's rights, religion, gay rights, hispanics, marriage rights, seniors, veterans, police, firemen, teachers, nurses, and those who desperately need jobs.

    March 10, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |

    Whatever....Obama 2012!!!

    March 10, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    I like Daniels, and he is right......those two issues of women's rights, and gay rights, will turn off many voters to the GOP.

    I oppose both of those religious based viewpoints, and that's why i would consider Daniels over someone like Huckabee, who would govern by religion.

    March 10, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Marge

    And will he and the republicans sneak into Indiana's congress and vote on crooked bills in the middle of the night that's what republicans do. And boy have you see the paid republican messages posted lately. Have to be paid cause there sure are a lot crawling out of the woodwork.

    March 10, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Julie C

    They can be silent all they want to but we know what the GOP stands for and it isn't women's freedom. It isn't even the middle class. I've really come to disrespect the GOP for all their lies and gross exaggerations. I'm sick of seeing their corporate-paid ad against healthcare reform; it's become a joke in our town. I'm tthrilled, however, to see it working against them now. Where those who were behind them are now against them. They have endless corporate bucks to create these lying ads and people are on to that. Yahoo!

    March 10, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Jake

    Did Boehner and the rest of the GOP House get this memo? Jobs first??? Nope! Standing in the way of progress and spending money on ensuring that equal rights to a select group of people are DENIED.

    March 10, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Nygirl

    I actually like Daniels, he seems to have a working brain cell, he should be an independent : )

    March 10, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    To a republican, anyone who does not think government should be in a woman's bedroom is a socialist.

    March 10, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Kara

    What he means is- do what we did in 2010, don't tell women we're going to take away their rights and pass legislation that puts their lives at risk, and don't tell gays we're going to attack them
    Trick them into voting for us, then pull the usual bait and switch and insert government into their lives, their bedrooms, and their bodies.
    You know, just like the current republican majority in the house, and republicans all over the country are doing.
    If women and gays fall for this again in 2012, then all the pain and misery the republicans and Mitch Daniels will inflict on them will be well deserved.

    March 10, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. rcblanks

    this is actually very scary. He's encouraging republicans to hide their true agenda so that they can appeal to independents and seem less scary. Then once they are elected they can proceed with their true agenda. Sound familiar wisconsin?

    March 10, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. faustina Espinoza

    How can anyone ever again believe the republican party after what they pulled off in Wisconsin. The American people have lost all faith in the republican party after that underhanded move they made in Wisonsin, and they will pay dearly for this. Thier deceitfullness knows no bounds. For them to call a "truce" on social issues on the premise that this will pacify Middle American is aken to a spit in the faceof the average American. The republican party has crossed the line of decency and fair play. This calls for Americans to wake up and do some serious house-cleaning. The Tea Party has roused the very core of this Country as has the filthy rich corporate leaches. The Tea Party represents – Too Extreme Antipathy. Faustina E.

    March 10, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    mmmm...bait and switch...my favorite....

    March 10, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. John in Brooklyn

    In other words....ooops...I'm sorry...I forgot that it wasn't OK for Republicans to take a breath before starting to bash gay families in the media.

    March 10, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Dale

    "I actually like Daniels, he seems to have a working brain cell, he should be an independent : )"

    I think he is a closet independent. In our system, even independent minded politicians need to wear a D or an R or they find themselves unemployed. But you are correct. He is far to rational and reasonable to be a true Republican, and he will probably get branded a "RINO" for his lack of extremism.

    March 10, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. Jeff in Virginia

    Of course Daniels wants a "social truce".. it's so obvious that I can't believe that this is even a story, or that ANY news outfit isn't ripping this apart for what it is...

    Daniels doesn't want to talk about culture war because it's a losing argument. Instead, he'd rather talk about the economy. Funny thing- the congresscritters that took over the House talked about the economy until they got elected. Then they turned right, and went after the social issues. What happened to jobs? They went on the backburner as soon as the GOP could start fighting the culture war again.

    Please see through this sham. Daniels is just trying to replay from the same playbook.

    March 10, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Sgt Schultz

    Yes so instead the GOP will launch an all out assault on the working class and Unions. Now I have to sit and watch the GOP Partisan commercials every day with anti-Union propaganda. Yet again the GOP could care less about jobs, the middle class, or worker rights.

    March 10, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    yes the GOP should run on the economy and all the jobs they have created....OOPPS! not a good idead there huh? The GOP does NOT want the economy to improve nor are they interested in creating new jobs because that would help Obama in 2012 and they know it. Thus all they can do is go after a woman's right to choose, gay marriage, radical Muslims, and Healthcare reform. And yeah they still have that "Obama is NOT one of us" thingy they like to use to put fear in their base and the FoxNews crowds. Huckabee did his part to keep that going last week.

    March 10, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. rusty155

    Taking away people right Is what the Republican party Is trying to do. Too all race of people. what need to be done Is vote the Republican out In 2012.

    March 10, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. Jay

    "social truce". That's cute. As if the GOP can win without riling up their hick base using gay marriage, or teaching religion in science class (read: lying to kids about science), or abortion, or whatever their latest distraction du jour is.

    March 10, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. ED FL

    HMMM!!!! Wonder what Daniels NEEDS to hide. This comment for sure will send the media and the scandal sheets out looking. We may have someone new to write about. As a matter of fact when i finish this I am going to google Daniels ,maybe we have another Santorum episode.

    March 10, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Seattle Sue

    Daniels can not be trusted any more than you can trust Walker. They are true Republicans that could not care less for the working people. Both are bought and paid for by the wealthy.

    March 10, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Bill from GA

    Does it really matter what they campaign on?? We know what they will really do: underfund the government with unsustainable tax rates and blame all of our problems on the dems. Social issues are just a ruse to get the voters out.

    March 10, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. PacificView

    Sounds like a bait-and-switch to me. Once they get elected, guess what? Truce is over, they are in control. Fooled you!

    March 10, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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