Run, Mitch Daniels, Run
He shouldn't be president, but he'd be a great candidate: Ruth Marcus
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2011 12:40 PM CDT
Cheri Daniels walks to the podium after being greeted by her husband, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, at the state Republican Party fundraiser in Indianapolis Thursday.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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(Newser) – Ruth Marcus would very much like Mitch Daniels to not only run for president but to win the GOP nomination. Not because she wants him in the White House—she doesn't—but because he would make President Obama a stronger candidate. The Indiana governor would force Obama "to sharpen his focus on getting the debt under control, and to spell out more clearly how that will be accomplished," writes Marcus at the Washington Post. "He would be an especially worthy opponent—even if I flinch at the thought that he might succeed."

Why Daniels? Look around at the rest of the GOP field. The best of the lot seems to be Tim Pawlenty, but only because he is the "least flawed." Daniels has the serious policy chops to be the best candidate, and, bonus, he's had only "one wife—twice. I don’t know what happened when Cheri Daniels left Mitch, moved to California and married another man (she returned a few years later), but any father who managed to cope single-handedly with four daughters gets credit in my book." His move to gut Planned Parenthood funding gives serious pause, but, all in all, "Daniels’s presence would improve the 2012 campaign."
 

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