Daniels would call for VP 'reconsideration'
April 22nd, 2012
11:25 AM ET
11 years ago

Daniels would call for VP 'reconsideration'

(CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels took his opposition to running for vice president in 2012 to new heights on Sunday, saying he would “demand reconsideration” if asked to assume the No. 2 position on the Republican ticket.

“I think I would demand reconsideration and send Mr. Romney a list of people I think could suit better,” Daniels said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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He also invoked conservative stalwart William F. Buckley in defense of his decision. The author and commentator ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York in 1965 to give voice to his conservative ideas. When asked at the time what he would do if he won, Buckley said “Demand a recount.”

Daniels, who decided against a presidential bid of his own earlier in the election cycle, said he did not expect to be asked to serve with Mitt Romney and remained loyal to his Hoosier State constituents.

“I promised the people of my state eight full years, and I like living up to that commitment, showing that it was real,” Daniels said. “So, no, I don't - I think this is a hypothetical question that will probably stay that way.”

He also declined to offer Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, any suggestions, at least in public.

“I have seen a lot of names and I like them all. I don’t want to ruin anybody’s chances this morning by singling him or her out,” said Daniels, who endorsed Romney last week. “You know, there is a lot of talent in the Republican Party.”

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitch Daniels • Mitt Romney
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. mk1

    I think Daniels can read the writing on the wall, what America does not need is the architect of the Bush economy that got us into this mess. Also, he is not a big favorite of people in Indiana anymore with his push of the GOP hate agenda.

    April 22, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. ibsage

    the interesting vp buzz today does not concern mitch daniels. the rumor is that there are steps afoot in the obama campaign to throw joe biden under the bus in favor of hillary clinton in return for bill's fund raising support. poor loyal joe. he really deserves better, doesn't he?

    April 22, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Uh oh, Mitt. They're falling out of love ... again!

    “I think I would demand reconsideration and send Mr. Romney a list of people I think could suit better,” Daniels said on “Fox News Sunday.”

    Reading between the lines: "I want to be as far away as possible from anything even remotely associated with Mitt Romney. Mitt's bad for my soul and my future career options..."

    April 22, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Here is my recommendation. Have Willard select Sarah Palin as his running mate. That way she can go rogue all over again.

    April 22, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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