Daniels adviser: VP bid unlikely, but not 'off the table'
May 23rd, 2011
04:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Daniels adviser: VP bid unlikely, but not 'off the table'

(CNN) - A close adviser to Mitch Daniels promised Monday that the Indiana governor would "continue to be part of the conversation" during the presidential race, but he offered scant details when asked if he plans to endorse a candidate or recruit a new face into the Republican field.

"I can see him wanting to contribute to the cause but there is no timeline or shot clock" for choosing a candidate to support, Indiana GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb told reporters on conference call Monday.

Holcomb was asked several times if Daniels would consider being on the Republican ticket as a running mate. He downplayed the possibility, but added: "I am not going to take it off the table for him."

Holcomb was one of a handful of Daniels backers putting together a campaign operation for the governor, which he said was ready to mobilize up until Daniels decided not to run on Saturday.

"We had multiple people ready to step into key spots if he decided to go," Holcomb said.

Holcomb stressed that Daniels was confident he could have won the nomination and White House, but he said Daniels' desire to heed his family's wishes was the ultimately factor in his decision to forgo a 2012 bid. Daniels has said his wife and children were reluctant to embark on such a public endeavor.

"He heard the call to serve in higher office from coast to coast, but at the end of the day he was caught between two distinct duties, and they ultimately they couldn't be squared," he said.

Holcomb would not say whether Daniels plans to endorse one of the candidates currently in the race, or work to draw in another Republican who shares Daniels' commitment to reducing the debt and reforming entitlements.

When asked if his boss is satisfied with the current crop of candidates – highlighted by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman – Holcomb paused for several seconds before explaining that Daniels' flirtation with a presidential bid "wasn't necessarily a knock on who's out there running now."

"He is, I'm sure, optimistic that someone, if not multiple candidates, will catch on and get traction," he said.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Is he standing in front of a mural of the destroyed World Trade Center? What's with that? Trying to fool people that he was there at the time?

    May 23, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Larry and Tia

    Governor Daniels is smarter than the other candidates.He knows that family comes first no matter how dysfunctional they seem to voters.

    May 23, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. No More $3 Billion Dollars a Yr Bailout to Israel...we are already in the RED for $114 Billion Dollars and still NO PEACE

    this guy is done!
    whatever he is trying to hide about his wife marriage to that guy in California while leaving 4 kids behind is gonna come out eventually!


    May 23, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I think a potential President's wife may not want to stand next to Daniels wife and she would deserve better.

    May 23, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Katja Kassan

    President or VP it doesn't matter. This gentleman was a crtical part of the economic team of President No. 43. That is the team that took a surplus from President No. 42 and turned it into a deficit.

    Mr. Daniels played a big role in this a budget director. He borrowed money from the Chinese to fund government checks disporportionately to the more well off citizens in this country. He backed these "Bush-era" tax cuts under the claim that they would create jobs and a keep the economy strong. They did NEITHER.

    Don't know how, in the meritocracy we claim to be, he could EVER prove he has earned a higher leadership position.

    May 23, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. DIANA

    Is it me or doesn't he look like Goober from the Andy Griffith show? His ideas are definately from anther time. Good luck with the women vote if you run, after what you did to Planned Parenthood.

    May 23, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Loraine

    We ini the U.S. would not want him to do for America what he has done for Indiana–we want CHOICE for women–not take away choices such as defunding Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides MANY additional medical services for women other than abortion. Shame on the Indiana governor.

    May 23, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    well how about BUDGET DIRECTOR....maybe he'd have better luck turning a deficit into a surplus than what happened the other way around last time

    May 23, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "maybe he'd have better luck turning a deficit into a surplus than what happened the other way around last time"

    Yeah, as long as he promises to do the exact opopsite of what he did last time, we'll be all set!!! Sigh.

    May 23, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. vet in texas

    Oh my, Mr. Daniels appears to have ALOT on his mind! I guess at dinner he sits at the HEAD of the table.

    May 23, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Aaron

    Are those the 9/11 ruins behind Daniels in the picture? If so, what did he have to do with the attack other than using it as background for a political ad?

    May 23, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. lynn

    Everybody is dancing around the fact that Daniels locked Indiana into the last century. Drive around the south shore of Lake Michigan, it's nothing more than a rotting slum state. Abandoned factories, rusting hulks of a former glorious past, rotting soil from factory discharge waste, ghetto philosophy, jobs gone to either India or just gone. Is he the best the GOP has to offer? Apparently so, since the GOP keeps his name in their hat.

    May 23, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |