Daniels to be star attraction at Republican fundraiser next week
May 19th, 2011
04:43 PM ET
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Daniels to be star attraction at Republican fundraiser next week

Washington (CNN) - As Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels mulls whether to run for the GOP presidential nomination, he will be making a trip to Washington, DC next week to boost Republican coffers.

Daniels will be the star attraction at a fundraiser next Wednesday, May 25th, for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.

The timing of the fundraiser appearance for Daniels, who used to be executive director of the NRSC, appears to be a coincidence. He wanted to give the committee a boost as Republicans try to gain back control of the Senate, according to a GOP strategist.

The fundraiser also will feature Chairman John Cornyn of Texas and Indiana Sens. Richard Lugar and Dan Coats and Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt.

Daniels has been circumspect in recent days about his presidential intentions telling audiences at events across the state a decision will come soon. As late as last Thursday, he said he would make up his mind within a couple of weeks.

"Soon as I know an answer you'll know it," he told CNN affiliate WISH on Wednesday.

By most accounts he is keeping his deliberations close to the vest as he talks to his wife, Cheri, and his four daughters. He has cited family concerns as a major factor in his decision making.

"I just have not thought it would be fair to anyone to start something unless I knew for sure we were going to make a real go of it. But I am convinced that if our family gets the yes that we will have a very credible campaign full of very well respected people and with a chance to have our say," Daniels told a St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday in South Bend according to WNDU.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Once upon a horse

    GW Bush's former budget director at a fundraiser? I wouldn't let this guy NEAR my money after the shape Bush left us in.

    May 19, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS

    If I said it once, I've said it a 1,000 times. WE ARE NOT GOING TO ELECT GEORGE W. BUSH'S BUDGET DIRECTOR!!!!

    May 19, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But I am convinced that if our family gets the yes that we will have a very credible campaign full of very well respected people and with a chance to have our say,"

    This is a rather strange comment if only because we have all been lead to believe that it is his FAMILY'S decision (or lack thereof) which has been holding up HIS decision, thus keeping us all in such (dare I say) suspense. Apparently the entire family is waiting for a *yes* decision from outside of his family. Gotta admit, all this dithering of his is getting old fast, and doesn't bode well in the character analysis of a future President of the United States (wannabee).

    May 19, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Clyde

    Another Nazi trying to come across as a decent human being. How pathetic that this is the best the rethuglicans have to offer.

    May 19, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Mitch Daniels has proven in no small way that he will step up and do the job he was elected for in the best interest of the people and future. He went toe-to-toe with powerful special interests in Indiana and did what was necessary. He earned his place as a Presidential candidate and I hope he decides to step up to serve the people of America and not just the people of Indiana.

    May 19, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Marjee123

    Is he going to wear stilts. Little guys like him never become president. We have had a five foot six president since back in the early 1700's. that's when someone six feet tall was rare. I am only 4 foot 11 so I can say something about his height and not be discriminatory.

    May 19, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Ancient Texan

    I want to know more, but if the liberals' objections are an indication, he would be good for America.

    May 19, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Hey 4andthedur, I too hope Mitch Daniels steps up. The boring, balding old guy with deer-in-the-headlite eyes is quite the improvement over the recent freak-show lead by the likes of Trump, Palin, Gingrich. Its been quite a [R]-candidate clown-troup, and one that could have only gained traction in a voting block as malignantly stupid as today's [R]s. The problem for you is that your rightwing brethren are SOOOO freakin' stupid they don't have the mental capacity to notice the improvement. Sometimes I feel sorry for you, but then I remember what you stand for..... Stupid is as stupid does, and man, you've done IT!

    May 19, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Is he going to wear stilts. Little guys like him never become president.
    Marjee123, the Democrats and DNC are counting on informed voters like you so please make sure you show up at the polls next year!

    Tall 2012!

    May 19, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Lenny Pincus

    Certainly another interesting Republican candidate. As the manage of the OMD he helped turn a of $236 billion surplus into a $400 billion deficit–which evidently makes him a star among conservatives these days. He will also be the first presidential candidate to be arrested and fined for possession of LSD, which gets him my vote. And who can't enjoy that fact that his wife divorced him, married another guy, divorced him and came back to Mitch?

    May 19, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What on earth is going on with Daniels' looks? He is looking more and more like an alien life form. His hairline is receding beyond the point of no return revealing a very unappealing 'landing strip'; his eyes are slanting in a queerly peculiar manner while simultaneously potruding out of their sockets; he's got this unhealthy looking pallor about him as if a little sunlight would annihilate him; his hair is acquiring that Unknown-Trump factor.
    Something is wrong, definitely, definitely wrong!!!

    May 19, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. HAD ENOUGH? 9% unemployment, $4-5/gal gas, $1.7 TRILLION deficits, $14 TRILLION debt, Obamacare

    If Mitch is the star then Obama has already won. Obama/Biden 2012

    May 19, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Clwyd

    considering all the other fools that will be there even Daniel's will look good with his right wing agenda that is a slam to the middle class!

    May 19, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. marylandvoter

    I have a question: I assume that the photo of Daniels is recent, so why is the background showing the 9/11 NYC disaster site photo, which is about 10 years old?

    May 19, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. CaliforniaBC

    Based on just his signing of Planned Parenthood financing ban he will not survive a general, nationwide election. That will serve as window into what his policies as president would be and the voting public does not want what they see.

    May 19, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Unless more implosions occur at the current "top of the crop", Daniels will be a non-factor. I could always be wrong. Somebody is going to pick up Newt's donors as they bail out and abandon The Goodship Gingrich.

    May 19, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. lstro

    The republican party is becoming more and more desparate. Surely they must realize It's not who the candidate is but more importantly their agenda is the problem. What they did over eight years of the previous administration and the direction in which they are trying to take this country since is shocking. How ANYONE would vote for these folks is stupendously insane.

    May 19, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Florida Joe

    GREAT, he can give them some ideas how to trash the economy again......He did a great job at it as Bush's budget director..........

    May 19, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Moderate in Michigan

    I've been scratching my head trying to figure out why it's okay to target Planned Parenthood's subsidies (thereby putting women at risk) but NOT okay to target the Big Five Oil Companies' subsidies (which puts profit at risk). If Daniels could explain that to me/anyone in a way that made sense... Well, never gonna happen.

    May 19, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. carlos

    as a former disgraced budget director........no chance whatsoever to be anything politically speaking

    May 19, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Patrick from Minnesota

    Have people already forgotten that MITCH DANIELS ISN'T RUNNING?!?!?! He said it himself a month ago!!!

    May 19, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Andrews

    It looks like the establishment is trying to do the same they did with Obama, some out of the blue candidate that will save us or give us change you can believe in. Ha, how has that worked out. Did you guys hear about the gutting of our 4th amendment in Indiana. We need a honest Non- establishment guy!!!

    Restore America now, Ron Paul 2012

    May 19, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The only "star" Daniels will be is a "falling star", end of story.

    May 19, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. NC

    If the only things that the liberals can find wrong with Governor Daniels is that he is short, he has thinning hair, and he needs some sun, than this tells you that they must think that he is doing a great job as Indiana Governor. Mitch Daniels for President in 2012. Mitch, the liberals think you are doing a great job as Governor, so they will most likely vote for you and not for obama. 😉

    May 19, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |