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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is taking a significant step closer toward a 2012 presidential campaign. On June 15, the “Aiming Higher PAC” will hold a fundraising dinner in Washington, D.C., on Daniels' behalf.

Tickets to the dinner start at $500 for one person and top out at $5,000 at the sponsor level, according to the event’s invitation. The Web site www.politico.com reported on the upcoming event Monday morning as part of “Mike Allen’s Playbook.”

In an item titled “Mitch Daniels tests 2012 waters,” Allen reports that top Republicans consider President Barack Obama, a Democrat, “more vulnerable than ever,” and are searching for a candidate that can unseat him. Allen points out the political action committee’s reception and dinner will take place on the roof of the Willard Building, which is within sight of the White House.

“The invitation urges top Republicans to ‘Help Governor Mitch Daniels Aim Higher for Indiana’s Future’ (Wink, wink.),” Allen wrote.

Daniels also was the subject of a lengthy profile in the latest issue of the Weekly Standard. The magazine’s cover features an illustration of Daniels driving a motorcycle with the headline “Ride along with Mitch … from the Indiana Statehouse to the White House.”

Daniels, who is serving his second term as governor, previously has said he was reluctant but open to the idea of a presidential bid. Reached via e-mail Monday morning, Daniels’ spokeswoman Jane Jankowski said he has not changed that position.

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  • Meet The Press/Miitch Daniels
    You could never be an effective President of the United States of America. You can not effectively control the crime, run away police in Indianapolis. (I praise the Police who do Honor their comment to Protect our communities). (I gave blood for one of our police heros "David Moore" David's parents our also "Heros".....The word "Fluck....about the State Fair Stage falling down. Those words are on it's way to bit you..... Safety is First of the citizens of Indianapolis....No way should that stage should of fallen and so many people were killed, hurt. Plus, others will have memories of that day haunt them for life! Very Simple.. all structures should have a safety code. Plus double checked by contractors, plus another team to check that the work meets the customers safety code needs! No way....was that a "Fluck"...... You have no room to talk about any body! Take care of Indianapolis, The people who I know are even afraid to go to parts of Indianapolis and downtown. Because, the are afraid of getting attacked in the day as well as night!!!! I praise all who are truly doing a heart felt job in protecting our city.
  • Sell American Assets to Special Interests
    NO WAY. This is the advisor to Bubba Bush who ran this country down the drain. Do we really want another clone of BUBBA? Besides, Does America want to sell off the national parks to a foreign business? Do we want more sweetheart deals for his cronies. He is a failure at being Governor, why would America want a failed has been to lead. America may not, but I am sure the GOP would like to continue with their old special interest best government money can buy type of guy.
  • Mitch will never be President
    C'mon, Mitch--did you commit insider trading on IPL? How about Brightpoint or Cellstar?

    You'll never be President, and Carl and Tim know why. So do I.
  • Mitch will never be President
    C'mon, Mitch--did you commit insider trading on IPL? How about Brightpoint or Cellstar?

    You'll never be President, and Carl and Tim know why. So do I.
  • These People Can afford to go
    John Bales and Carl Brizzi can go...
  • I would support Mitch
    Mitch Daniels would bring business savvy and excellent leadership skills to the office of the President of our United States. We sorely need this. Is there a place to pool money for these tickets? Some regular guys may not be able to afford to go - but a group could donnate to support a couple real people to go and represent us from the state of Indiana.
    • He's too good for it
      Daniels is almost too good for the office. He's got too much experience sucessfully running charities, businesses, and governorship of Indiana.
    • Historically Speaking
      The following U.S. Presidents were 5'8" or shorter:

      William Henry Harrison
      James K. Polk
      Zachary Taylor
      Ulysses S. Grant
      John Quincy Adams
      John Adams
      William McKinley
      Benjamin Harrison
      Martin Van Buren
      James Madison

      Also, 4'10" Robert Reich might disagree with your premise, though he never ascended to the Presidency.

      I concede that all modern era Presidents have been taller than Governor Daniels, but I see no evidence that a man's ideas cannot exceed his personal stature
    • Daniels for President
      What a scary thought!!
    • doesnt qualify
      It's a 5'8" and over league

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