Mitch Daniels 2012

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Jittery GOP Eyes Daniels, Christie

But some call new candidacy a 'fairy-tale'

(Newser) - Republican insiders are increasingly worried that Mitt Romney will come up short with voters—so once again, they're looking toward Indiana and New Jersey for help. Mitch Daniels and Chris Christie are hearing renewed calls to enter the race, sources close to the governors tell Politico . For Daniels, "... More »

Daniels: I Coulda Won Vs. Obama

But stands by decision not to run, says daughters needed privacy

(Newser) - Mitch Daniels thinks his chances of unseating President Obama would have been pretty good, had he decided to enter the 2012 race: "Yeah, I think so," he replied when asked if he could have won. "I mean no one can know.” But he emphasized that his... More »

Why the Daniels Family Vetoed Mitch's 2012 Run

Wife Cheri simply didn't want the scrutiny, insiders say

(Newser) - When Mitch Daniels asked his wife Cheri to deliver the keynote at the Indiana GOP’s spring dinner earlier this month, sources say it was partially an attempt to show her how well-received she would be when she entered the spotlight. But it didn’t work; as we learned yesterday,... More »

Daniels Is Out—Now What?

Republicans look for an alternative

(Newser) - Now that Mitch Daniels is officially out of the 2012 race, many Republicans are scanning the field to find another suitable alternative to Mitt Romney. Politico looks at the possibilities:
  • Jeb Bush and Chris Christie: Though they have both flatly said they won’t run, donors and operatives are likely
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Mitch Daniels: I Will Not Be a Candidate

Indiana governor says wife, daughter nixed presidential run

(Newser) - Republicans looking to Mitch Daniels to jump into the 2012 race and be their rock star have their answer: No thanks. “I will not be a candidate,” Daniels said in a statement given to the Indianapolis Star late last night that said his wife and daughters nixed a... More »

Oops: Mitch Daniels Gets 16 Stitches in Forehead

Gym door swings open on him

(Newser) - The downside of being a presumptive presidential candidate: You get whacked in the head by a door, and it makes the national wires. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels needed 16 stitches today after a door mishap, reports the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette . Seems he had just finished a workout at the... More »

GOP Elites Beg Daniels to Run

Republicans see Indiana governor as their 'savior' in 2012: Politico

(Newser) - When it comes to the 2012 presidential election, Republicans are “depressed,” says one integral GOP member. Lobbyists tell Politico that instead of asking, “Who do you like?” they ask each other, “Who do we back?” Top Republicans, in fact, believe President Obama will be reelected if... More »

2012 Not Looking Good for Women

Candidates 'provocative but unelectable': Dee Dee Myers

(Newser) - The 2008 election brought us the first victory by a woman in a presidential primary, not to mention the first female GOP candidate for national office. But 2012 isn’t shaping up so nicely for women: Those making headlines are either “provocative but unelectable” or “provocative but who... More »

Run, Mitch Daniels, Run

He shouldn't be president, but he'd be a great candidate: Ruth Marcus

(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... More »

Why Mitch Daniels Is Either Smart or a Fink, or Both

Indiana governor generating buzz with potential candidacy

(Newser) - Two different views today on Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as a potential presidential candidate:
  • Dana Milbank, Washington Post : He praises Daniels as a "shrewd tactician" who is wisely "portraying himself to moderates as a non-threatening choice" and as the "grown-up in the room" who avoids fringe issues.
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With Limp 2012 Field, GOP Seeks New Blood

Mitch Daniels among names being highly touted

(Newser) - Surveying an underwhelming field of presidential candidates, GOP party elders are scrambling to entice stronger politicians into the race, reports the New York Times . “The race needs more responsible adults who can actually do the job,” says a party official from New Hampshire. The first debate is Thursday,... More »

Mitch Daniels Will Defund Indiana's Planned Parenthood

Governor will sign bill cutting off federal funds to group in his state

(Newser) - Factor this into the 2012 political calculus: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniel says he will sign a bill that defunds Planned Parenthood and puts in place strict anti-abortion measures, reports the Indianapolis Star . Daniels, who promises to announce soon whether he's running for president, will make Indiana the first state... More »

What Barbour Exit Means for GOP Race

Surprise departure lucky for Huckabee

(Newser) - Haley Barbour's surprise exit from the field of Republican contenders for 2012 has shaken up the race before it even officially began, notes Aaron Blake at the Washington Post . Some likely effects of the Mississippian's departure:
  • The way is clear for Mitch Daniels. Barbour and Daniels are old
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Indiana Rep: Women Will Lie About Rape to Get Abortions

Indiana House votes down rape, incest 'loophole' in new law

(Newser) - Indiana’s House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to approve one of the country’s strictest anti-abortion laws, but not before some emotional battles with Democrats trying to temper it, the Indianapolis Star reports. One fight that caught Think Progress ’ eye: On Tuesday, Democrat Gail Riecken introduced an amendment that would... More »

GOP Candidates Too Loud or Too Boring

Party needs someone who's both a fighter, fixer: Jonah Goldberg

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty took a daring step towards explosive rhetoric recently: he declared the country’s mounting debt a “pile of poo.” Try not to look too offended. “Clearly, the guy running the bleep button for the GOP primary debates isn’t worried about Tim Pawlenty,” quips... More »

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