Daniels lines up behind Romney
April 18th, 2012
09:04 AM ET
10 years ago

Daniels lines up behind Romney

(CNN) - Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana became the latest establishment Republican to back all-but-declared GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"He's already won our nomination, he earned it," Daniels said on Fox News Wednesday. "He's proven himself the best nominee we can put forward, and I'm just happy to sign on and help."

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The second-term governor who weighed his own presidential bid earlier in the cycle, said he wrote to Romney "the other day," offering his political services to the former Massachusetts governor.

In a statement released Wednesday, Romney said Daniels shares his background in business and has "used the principles of the private sector in government."

"Indiana has been served well by his leadership based on fiscal discipline, smaller government, and a friendly environment for job creators," Romney said. "I am honored to have his support."

However, Daniels once again pushed back on the suggestion he might serve as Romney's No. 2 on the Republican ticket in November.

"Well it won't happen so we won't take the audience's time with it, but I'll be glad to be a No. 22 or wherever I can fit in in terms of supporting a winning campaign," Daniels said.

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  1. coy4one

    Daniels has a better chance of becoming president than Romney ever has. Dick Lugar had even a better chance. All these Republicans can line up all they want. They did the same thing for McCann and look where it got him.

    April 18, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Shame on Mitch Daniels and the entire Republican party for treating their constituents as backwards hillbilly's with no thoughts of their own. Reminds me of 2008 when every GOPer who was still breathing at the time got on the $arah Palin bandwagon while they all admitted privately that SHE was not VP (let alone presidential) material. Same attitude now applies to Mitt Romney. Mitt is a washed up candidate who's never had a true position on anything. To give Palin credit, at least SHE stood her ground, albeit a very shaky ground. I'm done playing "hide and seek the issues" with Mitt Romney. Guy can't come up with a plan because he doesn't give too cents about anything (or anyone) but getting his newest play-toy. Worse than GW, who was at least sociable when he wanted to be. A Mitt Romney presidency will once again be the same players (GW advisers) making the same decisions that were made under GW. Dick Cheney is right around the corner ... and against all odds ... getting himself fit and ready for his second war mongering power play. Stage right: Cheney and Rove - Home Again.

    April 18, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. mmad5camp

    It amazes me how the Republican Establishment, can get behind a man who no one knows where he stands on any issue (other than lower taxes for those how have it all). Listening to the newsmaker in the am and pm the only requirement that is being considered is anyone that can beat Obama.

    April 18, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Daniels is a man with a list of unflattering remarks. Recently, when the top elections official in his administration was charged with election fraud, Daniels said the man could have his job back if he were convicted on lesser charges. He wasn't.

    I believe Daniels is the same guy who was George W. Bush's Budget director. He remarked that the Bush Tax Cuts would [not could, but would] result in trillion dollar deficits within a decade. Bush officials fired him. Cheney said, "Deficits don't matter." A decade later, we have trillion dollar deficits that Republicans are blaming on a Democratic President.

    April 18, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. s

    you are number 2 , but in a different way.

    April 18, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    "He's proven himself the best nominee we can put forward,
    Sad isn't it? That this is the BEST clown you can put forward? All the political talent out there and you guys ended up with a circus bumper crop this year. Nothing but a bunch of clowns in suits from whence you HAD to pick the BEST of the LEAST.
    Fortunately for all of us he'll be promptly and unceremoniously disposed of come November by our President, and relegated to the heap of political has-beens, never-weres, and wannabes where Mittens belongs.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 18, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Independant Texan

    Shocked !!!! Spineless, stepford- thinking republicans. Only thing I admire is Grover`s ability to keep them ALL on the same page........ For if they stray– no $$$ support for re-election. --–

    April 18, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Sorensen

    Now all the pathetic, little lemmings line up behind Romney, even though they hate him.
    What a ridiculous farce. Classic GOP.

    April 18, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    I didn't think it was possible for a man who is so wealthy to find himself so incredibly out of his league.
    Romney can only aspire to the same political stratosphere that Obama inhabits. He lacks the connectivity, common sense, and commitment necessary to be taken seriously and respected by the voters. But hey, at least he was able to coerce/buy his way into the nomination, that should mean something to someone no?!
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 18, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    However, Daniels once again pushed back on the suggestion he might serve as Romney's No. 2 on the Republican ticket in November
    I have never seen so many folks "pushing back" from the VP spot.
    A lot of folks saying they're perfectly fine with being behind the scenes. Wayyy behind.
    No one wants to be anywhere near the self-immolating inferno that Mittens defeat will bring out in November I guess.
    Self-preservation is truly something ain't it?!
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 18, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    Gee, and I was so sure he was gonna endorse Ron Paul.

    April 18, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. GI Joe

    I guess the man that advised W's financial moves would be forced to continue to stand with the super-wealthy "Corporations are People" man. Did anyone expect anything different?

    April 18, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |