January 24th, 2012
11:02 AM ET
11 years ago

Dick Armey: Daniels could still run

(CNN) – Dick Armey, chairman of the conservative grassroots group FreedomWorks, said Tuesday there was still plenty of time for another candidate to jump in the presidential race, pointing to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as a possible contender.

"The person who may very well end up being the Republican Party's nominee may not be on the field at this moment," Armey said on CNN's "Early Start."

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Daniels, who flirted with a presidential bid last year, will deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The popular Indiana governor has repeatedly shot down speculation that he's considering a late-entrance run and has yet to offer his highly-coveted endorsement to a candidate.

But Armey, former House majority leader under Newt Gingrich in the late 1990s, said the Republican base is still underwhelmed by the remaining GOP White House hopefuls.

"I don't think anybody that's on the field can emerge in this process with 51% of the delegates," Armey said, adding he wouldn't be surprised if the nominating process continued into the Republican National Convention in August.

Defending his former House speaker, Gingrich, Armey said the Republican frontrunner was taking too much heat for his tenure in Congress.

"Newt had problems, but I don't think that it was accurate to say he resigned in disgrace," he said, responding to recent attacks by Mitt Romney.

Ahead of the Florida primary, the former Massachusetts governor has been hammering the point that Gingrich faced a $300,000 penalty from the House Ethics Committee in 1997.

But Armey, whose tea party group has been aggressively campaigning against Romney, said the point is now moot.

"By the time he left his speakership, he had resolved all the ethical allegations that had been alleged and formally charged against him," Armey said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Dick Armey • Mitch Daniels • Newt Gingrich • State of the Union
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The left promotes organizations funded by George Soros's billions as "grass roots" so what's the difference???
    The fact that you can't prove your statement....as usual, for starters.

    January 24, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Taran

    Union bosses are just mafia (anyone remember jimmy hoffa?), and have done more damage to this country than even Obama. Unions were the biggest mistake ever made. They need to be gotten rid of.

    January 24, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "Ahead of the Florida primary, the former Massachusetts governor has been hammering the point that Gingrich faced a $300,000 penalty from the House Ethics Committee in 1997."
    Hasn't anyone noticed that Newt Gingrich has been factually incorrect when he makes his claim that "we had four years of balanced budgets while I was Speaker"? He has been so misleading that one would be correct to call him a liar.

    January 24, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    The only other person I would like to see jump in is Chris Christie. I would pay big money to see him mop the floor with Obama in a debate.
    Being loud and obnoxious, shouting and pointing fingers in other people's faces is not what America will want in a President. I have no doubt that there are lot of folks who would love to see Pres. Obama on the receiving end of such treatment. But such a person would not make a good POTUS. Is he going to do that when he goes to a international summit? Yes.

    January 24, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. unsub

    put me in coach, i think i can score and we can win!

    naw, you are hurt, we'll get em next time!

    January 24, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Taran – You have a weekend thanks to unions. Children don't work 14 hour shifts in factories thanks to unions (unless Gingrich gets elected). No one died making your clothes thanks to unions. You don't get poisoned when you eat food thanks to unions (despite GWB tryinf to get rid of all FDA inspectors). In short, you directly benefit from the sacrifices and hardships endured by others in the form of labor unions. It is intellectual poverty to claim they have "more damage to this country" or were "the biggest mistake ever made". Look up the Triangle Shirtwaist company and learn something.

    January 24, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    GinRich left the House one step ahead of the bouncer.
    And we're actually considering this known "quantity" to be our President?
    What a joke.

    In regards to Christie, besides the fact that he is woefully unqualified to represent us on the world stage I sincerely doubt that he would pass the physical. No offense to anyone who shares his girth.

    January 24, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. britney012345

    ...Please God return to The One !...

    January 24, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Daniels has almost as many skeletons as the Newtster. And he definitely doesn't want his wife scrutinized.

    January 24, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Royal

    Mitch is just as incompetent as the others. He comes from a states almost as backwards as any in the South. Against President Obama he look like a third grader. What does he have to offer the Nation? Thats my point Another dummmy repugnant can you say shara palain in pants.

    January 24, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Taran, the Teamsters consistently supported the GOP until about 2 decades ago, so is the GOP like the Mafia, if we go by your twisted, union-bashing logic?

    January 24, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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