Daniels stays committed to social truce
March 13th, 2011
03:56 PM ET
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Daniels stays committed to social truce

Washington (CNN) – Potential Republican presidential candidate Mitch Daniels defended his call for a truce on social issues in the 2012 election, stressing the importance of those with different viewpoints coming together to solve the country’s economic problems.

When asked whether he could win the early presidential contests in Iowa and South Carolina - typically bastions for social conservatism - without addressing those issues, Daniels said “I don’t know.”

“I don’t sit around calculating the political pluses and minuses of every little word I utter,” Daniels said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I just sort of tell people what I think makes sense and I’m prepared to respect disagreements.”

The Indiana governor has repeatedly voiced opposition to using moral issues for political gain in the next election, receiving criticism from other potential contenders and social conservatives. Despite the backlash, Daniels has stuck to his economic message.

The former director of the Office of Management and Budget under former President George W. Bush said in order to grow the economy and propel the American dream, “we’re going to have to do some very, very big things.”

“We’re going to have to get together people who disagree on other things,” Daniels said.

But he came no closer to a decision on a run for the White House.

Asked if politically he can wait to make an announcement until the end of the summer, Daniels responded “I have no idea.”

“I still think there’s time and there’s some really good people running. I like them all,” Daniels said. “I’m hoping that our party will simply step up to the issues of the day and it could be any of those folks.”

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Steve-Illinois

    This guy makes sense!

    March 13, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. annie s

    Interesting. I watched this show and don't think this was the most important aspect of it. For example, this new hero of the "cut spending and create jobs" crowd was asked if he thought it was a mistake to cut taxes during two expensive wars, he was asked if he regretted not funding the Medicare prescription bill – he said he didn't think so because they only created a 1.7 trillion deficit and its much bigger now. He was asked why unemployment in his state was 5% when he took office and its 9.1% percent if his policies create jobs; he blamed the feds. Daniels seems like a nice guy and far less rabid than the rest of the Republican flock, but lets be honest about his drawbacks.

    March 13, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Obamacare = Romneycare v1.01

    This guy is showing common sense, something quit rare in the Republican Party these days and something that should scare the pants/knickers off of the Dems, if they were smart enough to realize it.

    Mitch Daniels is a great alternative to any GOPer/Tea Bagger and to Obama.

    March 13, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    I might consider voting for him in 2016 - depending on who else is running, of course - he's the only sane republican I've listened to in a long long long long long long time.

    March 13, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Colorodan

    Um, don't look now but Obama is solving the nations economic problems. We were losing up to 700,000 jobs a month when we last had the Republicans in power. Now we have private sector job gains every month. We were in economic recession, now we are in expansion. The stock market is up almost 100% since just a few weeks after Obama took office. If we could get the Republicans to move off of their primary economic plank, tax cuts for the wealthy we might even begin making headway on the deficit.

    March 13, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    That's one of the reasons I like Daniels best, right now.

    March 13, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Scott

    I live in Indiana and am no fan of union killing, Republithug Daniels, but he is right on this. The Republican Party will not survive by shoving their extremist version of "moral values" down everyone's throat. Social issues shouldn't even be the government's jot to decide. The religious extremist right needs to stay out of other people's lives.

    March 13, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Mikey

    @:annie – Yes, that's just one of the perplexing things about the rhetoric we are hearing these days:

    Before 1/20/2009 – Cheney and many others "deficits don't matter" (that's a quote). After 1/19/2009 – Deficits are destroying America.
    Before 1/20/2009 – Wars were necessary; can't cut and run. After 1/19/2009 – Obama MUST get us out. It's HIS war.
    Before November 2010 – Obama isn't creating jobs. Jobs will be our #1 priority. After November 2010 – GOP pushes social agenda, tax reductions for corporations and the rich, and spending cuts that will cut 100's of thousands of jobs. No jobs bill after 2+ months.
    There's so much more, but this post would turn into a small book. We are getting what we paid for at the polls.

    March 13, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Sorensen

    This guy looks and sounds 10000 miles ahead of anybody of the born losers in the GOP.
    Indeed, maybe he should have been a democrat. He also sounds better than a lot of those.
    Watch out Obama.

    March 13, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Kramses86

    Omg! A Republican who can overlook moral/social issues in order to focus on the financial crisis of our country! Palin and limbaugh must have had a heart attack when they heard this. He better watch out for the NRA!

    March 13, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. The King

    What!!! "A truce on social issues" "Respect different viewpoints!!!" This guy will be immediately purged from the GOP by the far right purists, who live to fear monger and villify. On the other hand, he might strike a chord with pragmatists within the GOP who have been silent. This could create a real fissure within the GOP....GOOD!!! God speed Mr Daniels!

    March 13, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. JHA in Texas

    As former OMB Budget Director for two Term Republican president -supported and advocated UNFUNDED two wars, UNFUNDED Senior Drug Prescription program (left Seniors in doughnut hole), Bush Tax Cuts for Wealthy (trickle down rationale /supply side economics – would create jobs), worst financial collaspe since great depression of 1939. A truce on social issues, so does that mean GOP / Tea Party is going to hold off on laizze-faire capitalist, privatization of education, ideology tha citizens should not expect or seek assistance from government.

    March 13, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Daniels' advice will go unheeded by most conservative GOP/Tea Party candidates. Conservative Family Values voters who do not want goverment in their lives except for social issues dear to their hearts will punish any GOP candidate exercising common sense or moderation.

    March 13, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Kara

    By 'truce' he means, talk about jobs till we win the election, then go back to passing laws to restrict women's civil rights, and busting unions, as usual.
    All he's advocating is the same bait and switch tactic the republicans used in 2010. And to be fair to him, it did work very well for them.
    If they keep making these gains, america should be a third world country with less rights for women that afghanistan, in no time at all!

    March 13, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Judas

    Good for Daniel’s! If he can make it past the knuckle-dragging religious right in the primaries he might just stand a chance. As for the others that want to legislate their skewed religious based moral agenda on this country, they don’t stand a snowballs chance in hell of making it to the top spot.

    March 13, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  16. willie floyd

    He appeared to speak honestly imo, rather unusual for a Rep. To say he's better than the rest isn't saying much, but I still wouldn't vote for him. As a former Indep. now Dem., it's Pres. Obama for me no matter who opposes him.

    March 13, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    While it is true that the best thing a politician could promise would be jobs for everybody–remember "a chicken in every pot?"–the government's providing jobs would raise, not cut, spending.
    The solution to our economic problems lies in the hands of our people, not in the hands of the government.
    Our mentality concerning work and getting paid needs to change completely.
    A great president might lead America to such a goal, but that leadership would not take the form of "creating" jobs.

    March 13, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Dave Harris

    Well, this pretty much ends his candidacy. If Republicans wanted someone reasonable, they'd run John McCain again (before he went nuts over Mexicans). Republicans think it's their religion that makes them better than everybody else. If they can't pursecute homosexuals, and women who want to have abortions, and Mexicans, foreigners in general, and anybody with an education, what fun is that?

    March 13, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |