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2011 NEWSMAKER: Daniels declines presidential bid

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Supporters of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels were disappointed when he announced May 22 that he would not seek the Republican nomination for president.

Daniels, who will finish his second term as governor next year, attributed his decision to concerns about his family’s privacy.

The pronouncement ended months of intense speculation about whether Daniels would run. Many supporters perceived Daniels’ fiscal savvy as a strong selling point in the midst of a weak national economy. Daniels served as director of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, and during his tenure as governor, Indiana’s budget has remained in balance, unlike those of some states.

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In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee this winter, Daniels characterized the national deficit as a “red menace” that threatens the nation’s future stability. But his position on social issues, including comments in The Weekly Standard that the next president should declare a truce on them until economic problems are resolved, rankled more socially conservative members of the Republican base.

Daniels’ departure from the pool of potential candidates shook up the GOP field, and some experts said it would provide an opening to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and others who would benefit from the loss of a fiscal hawk in the field.

It also sparked several questions about Daniels’ next move after leaving the Governor’s Office at the end of 2012. He said he hasn’t closed the door on opportunities such as serving as a presidential running mate or in a Cabinet position, should the possibility present itself. But he has not revealed specific plans.•

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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Blue_Ribbon_Panel_Report_July_9_2014.pdf 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=138116?formation_id=189603 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.

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