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Daniels to decide on White House bid within weeks

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Gov. Mitch Daniels says he'll decide within weeks whether to run for president—but he's stressing that the legislative victories he won in the session that ended Friday were aimed at moving Indiana forward, not building a White House campaign.

Daniels said Saturday that it's a "weird time" as political observers watch for signs of his decision. He says if he switched his breakfast "from oatmeal to cornflakes, someone would say it's a move to the Iowa caucus."

Legislative leaders delivered to Daniels sweeping bills that reflect the GOP agenda, including a balanced budget and the nation's broadest private school voucher program. Indiana is also set to become the first state to cut funding for abortion providers, which could boost Daniels' image among social conservatives.

Daniels is heading on a three-day trip with appearances in New York, Baltimore and Washington while he gets closer to making a decision about entering the Republican presidential race.

The governor's office says Daniels will receive a leadership in government award from Columbia University's business school during a Monday evening ceremony in New York. He'll then travel to Baltimore to receive an award Tuesday from the Harbour League, a group that promotes conservative government policies.

Daniels will wrap up his trip Wednesday in Washington, where he will give a speech about educational change at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank.

In another event, he'll receive a public service award from The Arab American Institute. The governor's paternal grandparents were from Syria.

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  • PP
    It's a mystery to me why PP didn't immediately do this themselves to keep funding for the other 97% of the services they provide. They are not using govt funding for the abortion services, so they should not be impacted.
  • Not my man
    The country's teachers will NEVER support Daniels and his anti-public education agenda, nor his union-busting tactics. Sorry, but you're not my man, Mitch.
  • No!No!
    let's hope he decides not to run ..if he can't do it his way.. Then he sells it, leases it or tries to bust it and you will be making $10 an hr.
  • Go for it
    The most positive thing I see with Mitch Daniels running is that, paired with the circus of Sara Palin and Donald Trump, Obama is a sure fire win!
  • Vote both sides of the ticket
    I have voted both sides of the ticket many times over the years as I vote for the person and their ideals. I can tell you that if Mitch runs he won't get my vote. I admit he does what he wants and has his own ideals, but disagree with many of the things he's done while in office. The only thing I can say I agree with is being on the positive side of the budjet, but along the way he done some not so popular things to get there!
  • What is all the fuss about?
    So Obamacare mandates that everybody has to have insurance? So, why can't low-income people, who by law have to have insurance, go to their doctors for healthcare and birth control? Why do taxpayers have to subsidize two entitlement programs when by law every person will have insurance and access to medical care? This just makes no sense to me. Just wondering....
  • Re
    Mitch will never be Pres except in his own mind, for one because he refused to return $300K of stolen money to people like my parents who were robbed by Mitch's BFF Timmy Durham and second because all of those allegations of insider trading on stocks like IPL and allegedly through his family and friends of a certain other Indiana company that Durham also traded in as well as a company it acquired will all come out.

    Supposedly the guy from National Review is about to out all this stuff on Mitch, should be interesting.
  • Not my man
    Well the republicans have raped the working and middle class even more this time around and Mitch having a wonderful time with his road construction kickback money.

    Let him run for president and take the whole country down the toilet like he done with Indiana!
  • Shady Business
    Why doesn't the IBJ do a story about how Mitch's daughter got a comfy job at Lehman Brothers after it got bailed out?
    • Indiana Man
      Actually, I find what he did with this Planned Parenthood issue to be quite remarkable. The way the legislation reads is that PP will no longer recieve taxpayer funds UNLESS they stop providing abortions. So, long as PP stops the abortions, and starts doing them as an "separate, independent, private entity", then PP will get the taxpayer money back. Mitch killed two birds with one stone the way I see it. He made the social conservatives happy by ending taxpayer money to an institution that performs abortions, and he should have pleased the pro choice folks because all they have to do is basically change the name of the abortion services from planned parenthood to something else, and PP will still recieve the money for legitimate medical services. Remarkable.
      • No Way
        Stripped public sector unions rights first day in office, eviscerated Planned Parenthood, banned texting. You can't win w/o moderate dems and independents. You don't stand a chance.
      • Presidential bid, really?
        If he wants to run for President, cutting funding to Planned Parenthood was a stupid move. First of all, Planned Parenthood is a lot more than "an abortion provider." It is the only place in Indiana low income women have for cancer and STD screening. Second, while a lot of women in Indiana appear to be either uninformed or asleep, most women around the country are smarter than that.

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