Daniels to give GOP response to State of Union speech

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a popular fiscal conservative who flirted with a presidential bid, will deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced the selection of Daniels in a statement Thursday in which they praised his "solid record of effective government and fiscal responsibility."

Daniels provides the GOP with a onetime potential White House hopeful as a counterpoint to Obama in an election year heavily focused on the nation's economic outlook. He also governs a state that Obama won in 2008, ending a long stretch of GOP wins in Indiana.

"As governor, he has turned deficits into surplus, reformed government from top to bottom, and created a better environment for private sector job creation," Boehner said in the statement.

Daniels, a two-term Midwestern governor and former director of the White House budget office under President George W. Bush, had spent months considering a White House run. But he announced last May that he had decided against a bid out of concern over the impact on his wife and four daughters.

McConnell called Daniels an "eloquent spokesman for limited government" and the "right choice to explain the challenges we face and to outline a hopeful, common-sense vision for moving America forward by growing the economy, not the national debt."

Last year, Republicans tapped incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to deliver the GOP response.

Daniels has tangled with Indiana Democrats over anti-union legislation and funds for Planned Parenthood.

Indiana could become the first state in more than a decade to ban a requirement that workers pay mandatory union fees, a move backed by Indiana House and Senate Republican leaders and, most recently, Daniels.

Last year, Daniels signed legislation making Indiana the first state to deny Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions.

Daniels will speak after Obama's address.


  • Continued......
    did I mention that he threw huge support and sums of money towards ethanol production as the future for rural indiana. As it turns out, it is less efficient than current fuels and had the awesome impact of raising corn prices. Corn is used in many food products so he ultimately raised food prices and other things.

    He promised higher wages for indiana, we have in fact slipped back. What's good for mitch and his public image has been extremely harmful for the state and the people. Let it be known that pence wants to continue this legacy.......
  • conservative.....
    Mitch leased the toll road which was a revenue generating asset. Yes it would have been a good deal if that $3+ Billion went towards projects to advance the state. He instead spent it all and more to finance the building and widening of state roads and expressways. These projects only employ temporary workers, many times from out of state, and carry a net negative return on investment. So in the next 70 years, instead of having an income from a road, we are paying more for additional roadways.

    There is an enourmous backlog in state employee retirement funds and pension benefits. He has failed to address these, leaving the costs to grow for future governors.

    He has chosen to support his buddies to finance a massive coal plant operation. No matter your stance on energy, coal is a declining source. It is becoming more and more expensive to dig it and more dangerous. The environmental impacts are massive and the negative health implications are well supported, but he approves billions to this project for a dying energy source.

    He has slashed hundreds of millions from education in hopes that the private sector will pick it up. Without an educated work force, citizens will be forced to move or work for low wages because serious companies will locate elsewhere. It has been well documented that the existing companies in this state simply can't find the educated and skilled people they need. These leads to enourmous tax incentives at great cost to citizens.

    While other states have taken a serious look at efficient transportation, Mitch has chosen to plow through farmalnds and forests along with many people's homes to build yet mor interstate lane miles. Even with selling the toll road, he had to reduce the quality of material used which has a much lower lifespan.

    The bridge boondoggle over the ohio river to kentucky is costing this state more than kentucky. While Kentucky was able to reduce the overall cost of the project, Mitch offered to pay a larger percentage of the bill so indiana tax payers can foot the bill.

    His policy of allocating future funds towards his current administration have made a great political story that indiana is better off. We are actually much worse off, just delayed!
  • Go Mitch!
    Everyone knows that Mitch Daniels dislikes the campaign process, so he elected to wait until 2016. After watching seventeen debates (please stop laughing) I have come to the conclusion that the GOP is planning to elect the real Republican Candidate at the GOP Convention. The entire process we have been watching is a ploy to confuse the Democrats. Mitch Daniels will be nominated as a favorite son from Indiana, and given the nomination with a well managed floor vote. At least I am hoping this happens. Otherwise, we are doomed to have a candidate who cannot win in November.
  • If it walks like a duck...
    Has anyone besides me noticed that Mitch has been even more visible on the national stage since he announced he WASN'T running for president? I followed the link provided by "t1" - and the blog includes a link to the old gubernatorial website, MyManMitch.com . The website is not only still up, but it's CURRENT! According to the blog, which quotes what purports to be the last few paragraphs of the speech, if Mitch gets at least 300,000 emails at that site, he'll reconsider his non-candidacy. I've often wondered about that non-candidacy from the beginning. Like I said above, if it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, quacks like a duck... I don't think it's a turkey.
  • Anything to this??
  • Prove Your Comment
    Dear Joe:

    Could you provide support to back up your statement about how Daniels has cost the state huge sums of money? It would, perhaps, help our understanding of your comment.
  • I would like to write this speach
    My fellow americans, when I was budget director I took this country from a large surplus to a larger deficit. Now, as gov of Indiana, I have raised sales tax, ruined education, sold of assets, balanced the state my taking fed stimulous money, sold my soul to the likes of the wealthy inorder to keep the serfs with less money, jobs, and housing. I could go on and on, but SNL will do a better job.
  • What?!?!
    These GOP politicians are so full of themselves. Daniels has cost the state huge sums in the future so he could make it seem like we are stable now and he is rewarded for that? Grow up. They live in a little closed society wheree they think anything goes.

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