Mitch Daniels Not Running in 2012

Monday, May 23, 2011

Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced over the weekend that he would not be seeking the Republican nomination for president, telling the Indianapolis Star, “I love my country, but I love my family more.” A popular governor with significant experience in the private sector who is known as an intellectual heavyweight on fiscal reform issues, Daniels was considered a favorite of many conservative pundits. Among a relatively weak field of potential Republican candidates, Daniels stood out as someone who could both appeal to the party’s conservative base, and the political center in a general election.

Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, CEO of Christie Strategies, and author of "Acting White: The Curious History of a Racial Slur," gives us his take on where Daniels' announcement leaves his party going into 2012.

Produced by:

Max Bernstein

Comments [2]


in regard to discussion about the possible candidacy of Gov. Perry; I'm amazed that no-one has raised the issue of his assertion of the right of Texas to secede from the U.S. Given the knowledge of human psychology today, I contend that such a position is indicative of a racist, jingoistic attitude that characterizes trhe far right elements in the country.

In a similar vein, nobody has underscored the hypocrisy of Mitch Daniels who calls for a cease-fire on social issues and then cuts funding for planned Planned Parenthood.

Why are these people getting a free pass?

May. 23 2011 11:51 AM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Ron Christie is right about Gove. Perry. Here's the scuttle from TX:

Rick Perry Presidential Push Quietly Gains Steam

He sounds like just another political hack (which he is and has to sound like) when he claims that Obama OR ANY PRESIDENT is wholly responsible for the direction of the economy. Sure, any Pres. and his admin. play a role in economic sentiment and trends, but governmental policy in the U.S. economy is just one slice of the extremely complicated and interlocking global-to-local economic system(s). Either Christie glosses over that or doesn't get it.

Presidents typically either get too much credit or too much blame for economic happenings and cycles.

May. 23 2011 10:08 AM

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