Daniels: Legislative impasse may preclude White House run

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels acknowledged Wednesday that an impasse in the state Legislature may keep him out of the 2012 presidential race should it drag on long-term.

Daniels, a Republican, told The Associated Press that he would stay focused on state matters even if doing so means he would miss a window of opportunity to launch a possible run for the White House.

Daniels has previously said he won't decide until the legislative session ends. An ongoing standoff caused by boycotting House Democrats has the potential to cause the session to drag on past its scheduled end in late April.

"We're all about the business of Indiana and trying to move an agenda forward right now," Daniels said. "That could well get in the way of any national participation. If it does, it does."

Daniels, who was federal budget director for President George W. Bush and a top White House aide to Ronald Reagan, is still weighing whether he will run for president. He has said for months that he has made no such plans but is keeping the door open.

House Democrats fled to Illinois last week to deny the House the quorum it needs to conduct business — a move that derailed some bills pushed by Republicans. Democrats also object to some of the contentious education proposals Daniels is backing, including merit pay and restricted collective bargaining for teachers and vouchers that use taxpayer money to help parents send their children to private schools.

Daniels has blasted Democrats for leaving and says he won't be bullied into taking items off his agenda. He said he can call special legislative sessions from "now to New Year's" if needed to get votes on his agenda.

The impasse continued Wednesday with most Democrats remaining in Illinois, but House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, returned to the Statehouse to talk with House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis. The discussion ended without a resolution and the boycott was expected to continue.

No major Republican candidate has formally announced for the 2012 race.


  • preclude ? To Stop?
    I do So Say with talk about IILegal's and the job less Rate's and the Welfare Rates in my view is related to IILegals,
    Any Way!
    As the States Talk about Cost Cuts, and the lack of Job's and the over uses of Nationalism and Government Run Union Backed Over paid Job Most be taken care of and Stoped, I have oNe the Lucas Oil Stadium and the NFL and the Colts , Why has Not Indiana Voters Sought to repeal the Tax Hikes placed on Local family run companies that is so forced by this so called All American Team to pay Two Ways,

    The Tax Hikes was to Help build the Stadium and Maintain it as the fan's Buy about %90 of the products to support the All American team from Nations such as like say with All do respect China.....I mean Come on The NFL and the Colts Makes millions a year what was the need of nationalism for ther NFL.

    Preclude is a Good Word
    to make impossible by necessary consequence : rule out in advance. â?? pre·clu· sion \-Ë?klü-zhÉ?n\ noun. â?? pre·clu·sive \-Ë?klü-siv, -ziv\ adjective ...
  • N/A
    You know what's great about Daniels? While the Dems are vacationing in IL, this morning he was in Winnona Lake kicking off a new INVEST entepreneur group to support new businesses and entice people to start new companies. Regardless of what people call Gov. Daniels, the guy just keeps moving in a positive direction for Indiana. It's too bad many on the Right can't judge someone on their record instead of the Rush/Levin rhetoric. Daniels is Pro-conservative, Pro-family, Pro-self governance, Pro-faith and every other "Pro" that conservatives clamour for......his record proves it.
  • 2012
    Won't you come home Pat Bauer? Won't you come home? We need out Guv to ruuuuun!

    If you don't come home Pat Bauer, if you don't come, we'll see your next elections un-won!
  • Daniels Focus
    I hope Daniels excludes himself from the presidential race. I really don't care what reason he gives. Daniels is another George W. Bush. He is socially regressive and fiscally irresponsible. When are republican going to wake up? Instead of focusing on the development of the economy..they are focusing on robbing Peter (education) to pay Paul (longstanding debt.
  • hope
    they made their point time to get back to work and do the business they were elected to do.. I support unions but now we need leadership and to get work done. No work no pay!!! Oh I hope Mitch doesn't run for President EVER!!!!
  • Primary Focus
    Gov. Daniels' primary focus is Indiana not the presidency... this looks like a smart man to me. Whether you run or not Mr. Daniels, we hope you finish well with your conservative agenda in Indiana.

    But when it comes to the presidency, almost think the party doesn't deserve you... only out of spite, would I want the ron-type to get their way. Good luck Ron! Good luck with your man!
  • why
    wh run for a bigger office if the polls show your a loser. i did not vote for mitch and that stands if you run for pres. you are a loser
  • Recall
    I would suggest that a recall order or impeachment order be demanded for each of the "Paid" representatives or at the very least a law suit against them for committing fraud. Taking our tax dollar pay checks and not working.

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