Daniels: No presidential decision yet
April 28th, 2011
12:40 PM ET
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Daniels: No presidential decision yet

Washington (CNN) - Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he still has not decided whether he will be running for the GOP presidential nomination.

On the timing of when his decision would be announced he told the Indianapolis Star Thursday don't expect it this weekend. "It absolutely won't be [this weekend] because you can't announce a decision you haven't made."

Daniels has repeatedly said he would make his intentions known after the state legislature's session ends, which is Friday. He told the paper he will not keep people waiting for much longer but also won't rush it.

"The time to work on it is here," he said. "I feel some responsibility not to just keep them dangling," talking about his supporters who are urging him to enter the GOP presidential sweepstakes.
As he mulls his future, right now the governor is contemplating whether to sign a bill that would cut off much of the federal funds that goes to Planned Parenthood's activities in the state and also would place tighter abortion restrictions there.

House Bill 1210, now on Daniels' desk after passing both houses of the legislature, would reject about $2 million of the $3 million in federal money the group receives in Indiana for preventive health services for women, including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings and other tests. Proponents of the bill have said they don't want federal money going to an organization that performs abortions, but federal law prevents its money to go for abortion services.

It is a controversial bill and puts Daniels in a tough spot. He has called for a "truce" on the pushing of social issues as he thinks more of the national emphasis should be put on fighting the nation's mounting debt, which he has said is crippling. The governor however has also a strong record of opposing abortion rights.

Proponents of the Planned Parenthood measure tell CNN they are hopeful he will end up supporting it. "I am confident that he will sign it, and I think it is the right thing for him to do," says Republican Indiana State Rep. Scott Schneider. He says it is the "right thing to do whether he is running or not. It is good public policy for Indiana."

Citing Daniels' record as an opponent of abortion, Mike Fitcher, president of Indiana Right to Life, says "certainly signing the bill will solidly establish his pro-life credentials on the national stage, but I don't think that will be the deciding factor."

If signed, this would be the first successful bill by a state to reject federal funds for Planned Parenthood. Three other states are also considering similar ones: North Carolina, Texas and Kansas.

Meanwhile the group and Democrats in the state are lobbying Daniels to reject the legislation.

"It's time for Governor Daniels, who called for a truce on social issues, to stay true to his word. As he promised, Governor Daniels should fix the economy and veto this bill that is driven by a clear social agenda and will cost the taxpayers of Indiana money," says Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a statement.

The group also believes the bill would cost the state about $4 million separately in federal Medicaid dollars because the state could separate out which organizations could offer services to their patients.
The measure would also restrict access to abortions at 20 weeks. Five states now have a similar restriction.

"Hoosiers are angry, and they are making themselves heard," Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum says.

Daniels has 3 options: sign the bill, veto it or if he does nothing over the next seven days then it will automatically become law.

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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Indiana • Mitch Daniels
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Governer, you are demonstratively revealing a pervasive lack of courage and conviction. That's not the right stuff.

    April 28, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Ed FL

    Dandy daniels has been tied to the Bushes and the GOP like GINGHRICH AND GUILIANI so long ,,I am sure that there is a ton of escapdes and situations that when dug up by the Press and squeallers that he will think twice about running. Bet that their is a few situuations already for him to start answering questions about and weird behaviour to explain. NO HOLDS BARRED ON THE BIG STAGE.

    April 28, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. La, La, La

    Daniels is in the closet.

    April 28, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    So George W. Bush's budget director is running????? You have got to be kidding me. WAKE UP PEOPLE. He got us here along with his Wall Street buddies.

    April 28, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. LovesIrony

    George Bush's budget director is considered to be fiscally conservative? Surplus to Deficit. Unfunded wars, Unfunded Medicare prescriptions and tax cuts. I guess he would be considered conservative by the nut that said, Keep your Government hands off my medicare!

    April 28, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Read This

    Oh I am just holding my breath with anticipation of an announcement. NOT!

    April 28, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. GL

    He is not running.

    April 28, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. S. In California - Obama 2012

    What are you afraid of Mitch? A lot of us WILL remember how disgraceful our president has been treated. We will DEMAND YOUR birth certificate and Certificate of Live Birth. We will further want your college transcripts, names of people who know you and taught you, your church affiliation (if any), your passport info. and who paid for your college education. Yes, I will remember and YOU will get the same treatment you dished out on President Obama – so if I were you (and I'm so glad I'm not) I would really continue to think about it.

    April 28, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. james Miller

    RUN Mitch, RUN Mitch, RUN RUN RUN ----– we need at least 12-50 Repub wanta -b`s in the chase. As they say, competition is good for everyone-- except, of course, the wanta-b`s

    April 28, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Yeah, well, you'll be able to tell whether he's running based on whether he signs the obscene legislation IN just enacted in an attempt to kill Planned Parenthood within the state...a bill that risks losing them ALL federal money for family planning services. This is the same state where one of the state's GOPer legislators reasoned that they can't make a rape exception to legislation banning abortion "because then any woman who wants an abortion would just claim she was raped." Religio-fascist pigdogs.

    April 28, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    He's a competent guy but I don't think he has the charisma needed in this day and age. He's as exciting as milk toast and too many dumb people won't see beyond that. They'd be more likely to vote for a charismatic know-nothing like Obama. (and then wonder why the country is going down the tubes)

    April 28, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. FarawayMom

    Are you and the rest of the media keeping the secret?
    Trump has to be playing his part of a pact he has with Obama to help get him get re-elected. Trump loves playing the clown, can get away with saying anything, the timing is good for his own ends, and he does for Obama what he cannot do for himself. I really believe he is Obama's secret weapon to clear and clarify the GOP issues. They have no response to this guy.
    Trump will NEVER reveal his financials to anyone, so this has to be what is going on.

    April 28, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. beevee

    another conservative governor dreaming of becoming president to run down the middle class with the republican agenda. no chance.

    April 28, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question for him is: are you going to run for president? If Daniels does, then he either needs to sign it and stop money from going to Planned Parenthood and keep his conservative credentials. Or veto it and he could watch all those that need Planned Parenthood from getting the medical services they need.

    April 28, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Dave

    I seriously hope Daniels decides to run. I may not agree with most of his positions, but I think he and Obama could provoke an intelligent debate on the direction of this country. Unlike the rest of the clowns in the GOP, he's very sharp and he's the only adult they seem to have.

    April 28, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Daniels' personal life is what's holding him back because I don't think he can remember his early years as well as others that know him, it will all come back to haunt him, poor guy. If I were Daniels, I just wouldn't risk the embarrassment.

    April 28, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |