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Daniels mum on presidential bid

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels paid a visit to Greencastle Wednesday to discuss many issues, concerning the nation and the state. [Order this photo]
GREENCASTLE -- No one can blame Gov. Mitch Daniels for being a little coy when it comes to people asking him if he's interested in running for President in 2012.

On Wednesday, Daniels met with reporters from The Brazil Times and Banner Graphic after speaking with the Rotary Club of Greencastle.

During the interview, Daniels maintained the position he has taken all along of not being focused on a presidential run. Rather, he maintains his focus is solely on the state of Indiana.

"I haven't made a decision to not do it," Daniels told reporters. "My attention is completely fixed on the assignment I have."

Earlier in the week, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich told an audience in Mishawaka during a campaign stop he has encouraged Daniels to run for president.

"He's just being nice," Daniels said Wednesday. "But I agreed to keep an open mind about it."

Daniels added he believed all the attention he has gathered from the national level is good for the state.

"They've noticed Indiana, which is something we've always wanted to happen," Daniels said.

While Daniels has hosted many Republican fundraising dinners as of late, it has been reported he never pitched himself as a possible candidate at any of the events.

For many months now, Daniels has had the national spotlight on him and his administration regarding the state of the national economy in comparison to Indiana's status.

On Wednesday, he said he has a genuine concern for both parties and an apparent lack of compromising, especially when it comes to the current national debt.

"I am presently concerned about the future of our country because the arithmetic of our debt," he said. "It's mathematically certain we're going broke on our current track."

Daniels said he hoped both sides could at least come together regarding this issue.

"Maybe we can disagree on other things," he said. "But it's not going to matter if the country goes totally broke."

Still, he said he believes both parties can work together for the benefit of the nation.

"I'm more optimistic than some that it can happen," he said. "I'd still be on the American people."

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Best I can see, Daniels has been an abject failure as Governor. He claims to be a motorcyclist, but needlessly fills medians with "Biker Slicers" that don't really work as barriers. He championed the idea of all of central Indiana supporting a failed entertainment franchise. He's been embroiled in a jobs scandal that can't quite get public attention.

Do YOU think we need the Interstate system to be toll roads? Do YOU think we need phony national jobs creation numbers?

Seriously, what has Daniels done that's actually been good?

-- Posted by SteveB on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 8:30 AM

Well, he got Daylight Savings Time into Indiana so we change our clocks like everyone else. Sure do wish he would come by my house and change them twice a year just because everyone else happens to think its a good idea. I haven't noticed that there is any more daylight on any day of the year and I haven't seen any savings. I would like to see some statistics on injuries from falls on the dates of the time changes from the ER's as compared to the rest of the year, though....LOL.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 8:45 AM

Maybe you've hit on something Southworth.

Since that school board gig didn't work out for you, why not run for Governor? With your resume of 15 jobs or so, you're definately qualified, correct? Then you could add that to your list of life experiences.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 11:55 AM

So, Lee, you running for something, or are you just blowing Leo a hard time?

Got an opinion about Daniels?

-- Posted by SteveB on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 1:47 PM


Maybe things ain't as bad as I thought! NEGATIVE responses to (NOT!) My Man Mitch in my hometown! I may not have to retire to Bloominton or Tuscon after all. (Still headin' to Canada if Newt or Sarah get in!)

-- Posted by gratefoole on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 2:03 PM

Why Stevie, your comprehension is lacking. I think Leo L. Southworth would make a great Governor, don't you?

Do I "got" an opinion about Daniels? Yes, I "got" an opinion, I've also "got" an opinion about you. But I can't post them here. Maybe your imagination is better than your comprehension.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Sep 25, 2010, at 12:45 PM

I think Mitch would be a bad blow for the GOP if he runs. He did do some good for the state of Indiana, he done a lot with the budget, however he cut some money from the Dept of Corrections mouths. Which is a terrible thing, cut it from the unemployed or lazy people that wont get off their tails, there is work in Indiana, people can get a job, they might have to move but they can get a job. Im praying for Huckabee on the 2012 ticket. If anything the Obama admin has proved is that the Bush admin is not nearly as bad as everyone thought. However I dont want a weak republican like Mitch in there either.

-- Posted by The Crabb in AZ on Sat, Oct 2, 2010, at 4:23 AM

Brilliant response Lee. You're twelve, right?

-- Posted by SteveB on Sat, Oct 2, 2010, at 12:01 PM

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