Daniels to give closely watched DC speech
April 5th, 2011
02:34 PM ET
12 years ago

Daniels to give closely watched DC speech

Washington (CNN) - Days after the expected end of the Indiana legislative term, Gov. Mitch Daniels will come to Washington for a high profile speech on education.

The American Enterprise Institute announced Tuesday that Daniels, a possible Republican presidential candidate, would speak before the group May 4th. Daniels made education reform a centerpiece of his January State of the State address, pushing for voucher programs and expanded charter schools.

He told the legislature in the televised speech, "Now comes the chance to lead in ways that, long term, may matter more than" any other issue they had tackled. "The need for major improvement, and the chance for achieving it, is so enormous tonight that the opportunity rises to the level of duty".

The education message will only be part of media's focus in the May speech at AEI, which is a independent conservative think tank. Daniels has said he would decide on a run for the Republican presidential nomination after the session ended. And reporters and political observers will be parsing Daniels' comments on where his decision stands.

Daniels has made appearances like a keynote dinner address at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February, a speech on tough choices needed on the debt that drew heavy media coverage and new speculation on a Daniels candidacy.

Daniels has also said in interviews he would write a book this fall on fiscal discipline. And in March, away from the lights of television cameras, he spoke at the Gridiron Dinner in Washington, where President Obama also appeared.

But in some interviews, Daniels has expressed doubts and even ambivalence over the idea of running. In an interview on a Laura Ingraham radio show last month if the legislative session ran past its scheduled end date, "That could well get in the way of any national participation. If it does, it does."

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  1. Sniffit

    "And reporters and political observers will be parsing Daniels' comments on where his decision stands."

    Because, you know, 24 hours/7 days a week is a freekin long time to try to fill with actually meaningful "news."

    This guy is their attempt at the wolf in sheep's clothing...the Trojan Horse candidate. The rest of them look all sorts of extreme at this point and the "news" media is such a drooling mess that they're going to help the GOP determine whether they're better off trying to slide one in under the radar instead of beating their way to the WH with a bombastic and virulent moron such as Newtered or Mittens. In fact, the rest of them behaving so extremist and looney tunes is one of the best ways to make Dipsh-t Daniels look more "moderate" by comparison...like old adage of the average girls hanging out with a fat ugly ones to make themselves look more attractive. Just keep in mind: this guy headed the Office of Budget Management for the Bushtard and not even the GOP can defend the Bush Administration's budget record.

    April 5, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Obamacare = Romneycare v1.01

    It's really quite simple, if the GOP runs Daniels, they get my vote in '12. Anybody but Daniels and I will hold my nose while voting for Obama. The Tea Bag Party can just deal with it.

    April 5, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. LovesIrony

    Daniels: director of the Office of Management and Budget for GW Bush. Fiscal Discipline my butt! Only in GOP minds can someone that turned a budget surplus of $236 billion to a $400 billion deficit be considered fiscally responsible.

    April 5, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Shawn

    ...a possible Republican presidential candidate? Ewwwww. Republicans really have a very, VERY weak field. Looks like Obama will enjoy another landslide victory.

    April 5, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Daniels is a joke. His education plan is to try to take collective bargaining away from the teachers. They can't strike. He wants to shift money to private schools and the heck with public schools. His charter schools do no better than public schools and are usually worse performers. Though the person running them gets hundreds of thousands of dollars from taxpayers as a salary. That this clown is listened to says a lot about the state of the GOP.

    April 5, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Not the most flattering of pictures considering the topic. He's just gonna have to make it up with words. I hope he has the right stuff for a change. The GOP really needs someone with parts and smarts. All that I have seen so far has been hit and miss.

    April 5, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |

    Good guy, not the next President.

    April 5, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |

    Gov. Daniels was President Bush budget director. That's all I'm gonna say.

    April 5, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Is this the same man that was GWB budget director? The one that cooked the books with the Iraq war? That gave tax cuts without paying for them? That gave Medicare a boost without paying for it? Now, with the mess we are in...why would anyone vote for this idiot?

    April 5, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Giving tax payer money to private firms that have no regulations is so republican.

    April 5, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Daniels won't run, he's got too much baggage.

    April 5, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    OXYMORON!!!! You want to give a speech on education when your party is cutting education from the budget. You can't be serious.

    April 5, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. hal8218

    As someone who has been living in Daniels' state for almost 5 years, I can say that he is almost the last person who should be giving advice on how to improve education.

    April 5, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Vouchers are a possibility, but Charter schools have a mixed record. Any attempt to start chrter schhools in my area has led to them closing within a few years, mainly due to low test scores. Merit pay is what I support.

    April 5, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Larry from Texas

    The public school system will be under attack by right-wing fundamentalists who want to take tax dollars and spend them on private church schools. Unlike the public schools, these schools aren't required to take students of every ability level, or even of every religious belief. Many of these schools would be located in places where only children with private transportation capabilities could realistically attend. It's simply another salvo in the class war against the middle and lower wage earners in America.

    April 5, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. The Greedy Old Parasites have declared war on YOU!

    This is another of the GOBPbagger's dirty tricks: Give massive tax breaks to the filthy rich, then scream the government is broke in order to justify a union-busting, school-busting strategy. Wake up folks; while there are a FEW good charter schools, there's already a whole bunch that are nothing more than some greedy billionaire's project to make schools into McEducation factories, complete with nice clean government-funded profits (you do know what vouchers are, right?) We need to make kids smarter to compete in the future, not dumb them down with the equivalent of junkfood teaching.

    April 5, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |