Daniels: President Obama is in ‘desperate’ political shape
September 25th, 2011
11:10 AM ET
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Daniels: President Obama is in ‘desperate’ political shape

Washington (CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels chose not to join the Republican race for the presidential nomination in 2012, but weighed in on front-runners and the political landscape Sunday.

“I don’t have anything original to say,” about the GOP field, Daniels said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” but noted, “the two governors … for the most part seem to be the predominant personalities in the race,” referring to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

And he sees 2012 as an opportunity to capture the White House from a “desperate” president.

Daniels, who served as political director for President Reagan, wouldn’t jump to conclusions about the viability of Perry’s presidential prospects, though Perry has been scrutinized for his stance on immigration, blunt remarks and debate performances.

“I think it’s way too early,” Daniels said. “There are so many of these [debates] - too many, maybe.”

“I’d cut him a little slack, give him a little time.”

But right now, the second-term Hoosier governor would like to hear more about “the things that have a lot of zeroes attached” from the presidential pack.

“This president is clearly in very desperate political shape and seems more desperate every day,” he said.

"The GOP nominee is playing as the default option…that is a missed opportunity.”

“It is a mathematical fact that we are headed for debt levels that we cannot sustain,” Daniels argued. “It is very clear that nations that go past a certain point of debt do not recover.”

And he warned that “the promise of America” is starting to fray around the edges but proposed one method of avoiding damage from the nation’s increasing debt.

“They’ll have to stop sending checks to the wealthiest Americans,” Daniels said.

He advised, “The sooner both sides start concentrating on that problem, the sooner we can get on the way to an economic recovery.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Content Partner • Economy • Mitch Daniels • President Obama • TV-State of the Union
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. MarineDad05

    Mr. Daniels..... couldn't be more desperate than all those Republican/Tea Party candidates you guys have showcased.

    September 25, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Darth cheney

    So, he's desperate, but in your own words, he's doing the right thing even as the GOP candidates are claiming "class warfare." What's better, someone who may be desperate and does the right thing or someone who's Fed Up and does the wrong thing?

    September 25, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. JHA in TEXAS

    This is opinion is from the same Mitch Daniels who was frmr. Pres. GW Bush Budget Director, who recently stated that " the cost of the two Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has had little impact on US Economy or Debt". Gov. Daniels, the Bush / Cheney projected Iraq war Total War costs would be $ 50 – 60 Billion Dollars. TODATE: the Iraq & Afghanistan Wars combined costs is $ 2 TRILLION dollars, with a Final Projected total of $ 4 TRILLION DOLLARS. Gov. Daniels what are thinking?

    September 25, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. PaulC

    Obama is in desperate straits....trying to get anything but NO TAXES from the Repugs. You can't compromise or work with a group whose sole goal is to keep the economy in such bad shape that they can win complete control in 2012.
    If the Repugs controlled House has a plan to create jobs or help the economy then why haven't they put forth a law?
    Remember....fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice...shame on me. Look forward to a rerun of the George W. disaster.
    Maybe they'll bring back the draft for their next war.

    September 25, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. FM

    “I don’t have anything original to say,” about the GOP field, Daniels said"

    What can you say while each contender who enters has to test the win for a while. From Trump, Romney, Bachmann, Ron Paul, Perry and now Cain. Only god knows who will win next!

    September 25, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Sonnie2

    Obama is a goose that is fully cooked and won't fly again

    September 25, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. JohnRJ08

    Daniels is trying to make up for the shellacking he took on the Daily Show from Jon Stewart last week. He could not defend his economic philosophy and Stewart made him look like an ideological idiot who was disconnected from the real world, not to mention the consequences of his ideas.

    September 25, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. True Republican

    What is wrong with all of you ignorant liberals. When Obama took office there were 11 million unemployed Americans, today, 3 years later there are 14 million unemployed Americans. Congress passed the first stimulus plan and what good did that do? It created zero jobs and placed America even deeper in debt. They passed Obamacare, something that the majority of Americans did not want, and that helped put us even deeper in debt. For those of you who say the Republicans have never helped our country then you need to reread your history book. When Nixon was in office our country was booming, and you can't forget Carter. Our country was in the same shape as it is now and then Reagan took office and saved this country. Reagan helped to created 1.5 million jobs his first 3 years in office, we've lost 3 million in Obama's first 3 years. Obama will never win a second term and he damn sure doesn't deserve one.

    September 25, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Pete from St Paul

    Meg Whitman becoming the CEO of HP tells it all. Many Big Business CEO's have a symbiosis relationship with the Rush Limbaugh doctrine and the Republican Party. Keep un-employment high and Obama will fail. Along with the so call Tea Party movement who are successfully forcing government austerity. Blacks, led by Travis Smiley are calling the false truths is pulling the entire Democratic base down.

    September 25, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Kelby

    The people who support President Obama do not care what kind of "political shape" he is in. We care about the recovery of America, getting people back to work and making the struggles of everyday Americans easier.

    Republicans want to keep that from happening so they can defeat President Obama.

    September 25, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. True Republican

    Anthony, you need to check the polls again. Obama is leading Perry in a head to head match up by 2 percent, 46 to 44, but Romney is leading Obama by 6 percent, 46 to 40.

    September 25, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Silence Dogood

    So much money spent on debates and running for office, just for the honor of losing to Obama...

    September 25, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. antieverything

    Yeah he's desperate alright, just like the rest of us. Desperate to fix and put behind us the unprecedented disaster caused by the Bush Crime Family. WHY do we keep pointing this out? Republicans can't figure this one out. They aren't smart enough. Here's why: We keep reminding you what a miserable failure your lord and savior Bush is/was because now every candidate you propose is exactly like him, and will just do exactly the FAILED policies Bush did. So let me ask you, my fellow Americans: how stupid are you that you would even consider electing a republican president again? Not just in 2012, but ..EVER.

    September 25, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Jules

    Really? the president doesn't look or sound desperate to me. He must have watched the GOP debates. The only challenger that will come close to holding their own with him is Romney – a moderate guy trending right for the moment.

    September 25, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Cooper

    He needs to go home. I remember when he was running, his slogan was "My Man MItch"....uh, no, not then, not now, not ever.

    September 25, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Liz the First

    Dear Palin Power, you are cordially invited to pay a visit to Realityland. i think you'd like it, you've obviously never been here before. i think the whole repug party needs to go on a forced march to Realityland. maybe then they would learn that things aren't just so because they say they are. how can so many people be so self-deluded? and more importantly, how can this country survive when there are so many delusional people so invloved in government?

    September 25, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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