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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Criticizes Romney

Tom Williams/Roll Call(INDIANAPOLIS) -- In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels offered some pointed advice to Mitt Romney that sounds like an indictment of Romney campaign style. The criticism comes from a Republican who is often mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate. Here’s how Star columnist Matthew Tully summed it up:

“You have to campaign to govern, not just to win,” [Daniels] said. “Spend the precious time and dollars explaining what’s at stake and a constructive program to make life better. And as I say, look at everything through the lens of folks who have yet to achieve.”

After a pause, Daniels added with disappointment: “Romney doesn’t talk that way.”

“You don’t change one thing about the policies you advocate or your principles,” he said, noting instead that candidates should simply make clear how their policies would lift up those who are struggling. For instance, he said, at fundraisers Romney’s message shouldn’t be about how his policies affect the well-heeled people listening in the audience, but rather those who can’t afford a ticket to get in.

“It’s not complicated,” Daniels said. “But for some reason sometimes candidates just miss that.”

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Mitch Daniels: No Second Thoughts on Entering 2012 Race

Michael Hickey/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he and his family have had no second thoughts about his decision to not enter the presidential race.

"Well they're not going to, and I know I haven't had any second thoughts," Daniels told reporters following his appearance at the Peterson Foundation's Fiscal Summit.

Daniels sees the current Republican field as adequate but said additional candidates could elevate the debate.

"The more the merrier, and if others get in, I think that's good,"
Daniels said. "I think that a very vigorous contest of ideas about how we reaffirm the promise of this country is a really good thing, and I think my party would benefit from a really diverse debate."

"I think there's some excellent people there. If the field doesn’t get any better, there are plenty of people there I think who could be quite excellent spokesmen for what needs doing."

Daniels commended Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, saying his budget proposal "grounded in reality" and called on skeptics to produce plans of their own.

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Mitch Daniels Gets 16 Stitches in Forehead after Gym Accident

Michael Hickey/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels had a rough day Friday, and it had nothing to do with all the speculation surrounding a possible 2012 presidential run.

Daniels received 16 stitches in his forehead after he was hit in the head by a swinging door after a workout, according to the Governor’s office.  He was treated at Methodist Hospital and is now recovering at home.

Daniels has had some bad luck with his health recently.  In late February he had surgery for a torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder -- the second time in two years that the Governor injured his shoulder.

But the Governor doesn’t seem to take his injuries very seriously.  Daniels appeared at the Annual Gridiron Club dinner in March with a sling and poked fun over his rotator cuff surgery, saying it was all a ruse.  He joked that his rotator cuff injury was actually a broken rib from flying back from the Governor’s Association Conference because he “sat in a middle seat between Haley Barbour and Chris Christie.”

Daniels is scheduled to attend a fiscal summit in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. We’ll see what he has to say about this latest injury.

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Nikki Haley: Health Care Will Remain Issue For Romney

Chris Keane/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney "will have to continue to deal with" fallout over his Massachusetts health care reform bill, and that it will remain a challenge for his primary prospects.
"I will tell you we do not want a Massachusetts health care plan in South Carolina," Haley said in an exclusive interview with ABC News This Week anchor Christiane Amanpour.

Last Thursday, former Massachusetts Governor Romney gave an address in Michigan attempting to distinguish the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform law that he signed into law from President Obama's plan passed into law last year. Romney has come under fire from conservatives, who say his health care plan closely resembles Obama's reform efforts.

"I think that we are looking for a leader that's willing to, one, make courageous stands, take strong policy decisions, but two, also admit when a mistake was made," Haley said. "Every candidate's going to have their challenge, I certainly think that's going to be his challenge," Haley added.
Haley also weighed in on other potential candidates for the GOP nomination, some of whom kicked off the campaign season in a presidential debate in Greenville, S.C. on May 5.

"I think that the people of South Carolina and across this country are really going to push these candidates in a way that we've never pushed them before," Haley said. "I think that Newt Gingrich has dealt with a lot of issues in the past, and I think now he's going to have to show that he's got those ideas to deal with the future."
Indiana governor Mitch Daniels is still mulling a 2012 run, and this week drew coverage in major newspapers over his wife's apparent reluctance to have their personal lives scrutinized on a national stage.

"I think it's a terrible distraction to a campaign," Haley said. "I think what you need to be looking at and what I'm certainly looking at is what type of governor he was.”
Haley added that she found real estate tycoon Donald Trump's profanity-ridden speech in Las Vegas last month would not hold up in her home state.

Haley wasn't certain whether former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who supported Haley in 2010, would enter the 2012 presidential race, but praised her for "getting people to know the power of their voice."

"I think that she woke up a lot of people in our country that just really thought that government was a waste of time and she got them to care again," Haley said.

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Indiana First Lady Cheri Daniels Avoids Comment on Husband's Rumored 2012 Bid 

Michael Cohen/WireImage(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The wife of Indiana governor and potential GOP presidential candidate Mitch Daniels revealed to an audience of Republicans in Indianapolis on Thursday night her expertise is milking cows, that her favorite country music singer is Keith Urban, and one of her nicknames is “pig whisperer.”

What Indiana first lady Cheri Daniels did not do, however, is engage in speculation about her husband’s possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination, even though she is thought to wield significant influence over Gov. Mitch Daniels’ decision.

“I truly appreciate the encouragement you have given Mitch,” Mrs. Daniels said during a much-anticipated -- and mostly lighthearted -- keynote address at the Indiana Republican Party’s annual spring dinner.

“I think this speaks for itself,” Mrs. Daniels said, warming up the crowd, “but I am an honorary Hooters girl.”

The speech was viewed as a coming out party of sorts for Mrs. Daniels, whose rocky marital history with her husband has come under intense scrutiny as Gov. Daniels nears his decision on a presidential run.  The couple married in 1978 and divorced in 1993 when Mrs. Daniels left her husband and their four daughters to marry another man in California. They eventually reconciled and were remarried in 1997.

Gov. Daniels also mostly steered clear of 2012 presidential politics Thursday night, even as the crowd erupted into chants of “Run, Mitch, Run!”

“There’s been a whole lot of speculation leading up to tonight, no sense beating around the bush about that,” Gov. Daniels said. “I’m not saying I won’t do it.”

But he didn’t say he would either.

Daniels, who has been governor of Indiana since 2005 and served in the presidential administrations of George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, has said that he plans to announce a decision around Memorial Day.

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Mitch Daniels: Not ‘Too Late’ to Jump into Presidential Race

Michael Hickey/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said on Wednesday that it is not too late for him to jump into the Republican presidential nominating contest, and even called the late start to the campaign “a blessing.”

“People far more sage than I about our political process and presidential process are very surprised that on May the fourth it’s not already far too late,” Daniels said during a speech in Washington, D.C. “But for whatever reason, it’s not.”

Daniels, who was answering a question from a reporter after a speech on education policy at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said that from the “standpoint of the public” the plodding pace of the campaign for the GOP nomination is “a blessing.”

For months, Daniels has been coy about a presidential run, and he offered few insights into his decision-making process during his trip to the East Coast this week. He made it clear he would not announce his presidential plans until after the end of Indiana’s legislative session. That session ended last Friday.

“I really thought that it might become too late somewhere along the line,” Daniels said of his thinking about his timeline. “But for whatever reason it appears not to be, and again, I think it’s a happy surprise.”

When pressed by reporters to elaborate on his timeline for making an announcement -- one way or the other -- on a presidential bid, Daniels said, “We won’t take long.” He noted that “family considerations are always the most important” factor in that process.

The Indiana Republican, who has served as governor since 2005, touted his work to improve the education system in his state, including dismantling what he called “bookshelves full of regulations” hindering teacher performance and student achievement and removing “contractual handcuffs” for school administrators.

A Quinnipiac University poll released just hours before he spoke in Washington showed Daniels in fifth place among other likely GOP presidential contenders with five-percent support among Republicans, tied with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney emerged on top with 18 percent, followed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who each got 15 percent. Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump stood at 12 percent.

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First GOP Presidential Debate Lacks Star Power

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(GREENVILLE, S.C.) -- Those expecting a real barn-burner when GOP presidential hopefuls hold their first debate Thursday in South Carolina shouldn't hold their breath.

Virtually every high-profile Republican mentioned as a possible candidate for the nomination next year is skipping the event at the Peace Center in Greenville.

The South Carolina Republican Party and Fox News, which is producing the debate airing on its network at 6 p.m. ET, say among the few who've accepted invitations are Texas Congressman Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

None of the invitees have officially declared their candidacy for president.

Meanwhile, the list of Republicans who won't be there is pretty impressive: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Ambassador Jon Huntsman, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

None of the non-attendees have officially declared their candidacy for president either.

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Will Sign Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

Michael Hickey/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- As Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels mulls a presidential run in 2012, he announced plans to sign a bill making Indiana the first state to pull federal funding from Planned Parenthood, a move that could boost his standing among social conservatives.

"I supported this bill from the outset, and the recent addition of language guarding against the spending of tax dollars to support abortions creates no reason to alter my position." Daniels said in a statement. "The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers."

The bill would cut $3 million in federal money the state currently allocates to the women's health group. It also would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy unless the woman's life is significantly threatened, require women seeking abortions to be informed that life starts at conception and require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.

But the bill also puts Indiana in a financial tight spot as it risks losing $4 million a year in federal family-planning money that would be eliminated because of the state legislation.

The governor has seven days to sign the bill, but even if he doesn't sign it, it still will become a law. If Daniels were to veto the bill, the general assembly would be forced to wait until the next legislative session to address the measure again.

Republicans in Congress attempted to ban federal funding for Planned Parenthood earlier this year but failed.

Planned Parenthood called Gov. Daniels' decision "unconscionable and unspeakable."

"We will now suffer the consequences of lawmakers who have no regard for fact-based decision making and sound public health policy," Betty Cockrum, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood estimates the measure would cut off 22,000 low-income residents of Indiana from medical care.

Daniels has called on national leaders to declare a "truce" on social issues and focus on the country's financial burden, a statement that sparked discomfort among social conservatives.

But NARAL Pro-Choice America said it sees this as an abandonment of that call for a truce.

Daniels has danced around questions regarding his presidential ambitions, but he has promised to make a decision after the close of the legislative session. He has made no official indication that he will run for president, nor has he said whether he will participate in the first Republican presidential debate, slated for next Thursday in South Carolina.

With his friend Haley Barbour dropping out of the race earlier this week, Daniels could be more open to a presidential run. Barbour's decision not to run opens the door to supporters and fundraising.

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Indiana Lawmakers Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

In [dot] gov(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Pro-life Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels has a hard decision to make after the state Legislature Wednesday became the first in the nation to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds.

While taxpayer money isn't used by the women's services agency to terminate pregnancies, Planned Parenthood has come under heat lately from social conservatives who say it doesn't deserve federal dollars.

Daniels is mulling a run for the GOP presidential nomination next year and while his views against abortion are well known, he has also called for a "truce" between sides that are far apart on social issues.

The governor must decide by next week whether to veto the measure, but most political pundits believe he will sign it to bolster his standing with the Republican Party's conservative base, especially if he decides to seek the presidency.  The bill also becomes law if he doesn't sign it.

Currently, eight of Planned Parenthood's 28 clinics in Indiana are Title X funded.  Should Daniels approve the legislation, the state will lose its entire allotment of $4 million in federal planning dollars.

If it becomes law, the measure, which would also ban abortions after 20 weeks, will probably inspire other GOP-controlled state Legislatures to pass similar bills to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding.

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Mitch Daniels Slams Obama, Warns Of ‘New Red Menace' At CPAC

Photo Courtesy - Office of Gov. Mitch Daniels(WASHINGTON) -- For Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels it appeared that there were not enough metaphors in the English language to describe the failures of President Obama and his administration.

In a keynote speech that Daniels, a potential 2012 Republican White House hopeful, delivered to a room full of conservative leaders and activists in Washington, he warned of a “financial Niagara,” complained of an “orgy of regulation,” and lamented the arrival of a “new Red menace” in the form of mounting national debt.

During the 30-minute address that closed the second day of the Conservative Political Action Convention, Daniels served up a speech that was heavy on substance and even, at times, critical of what he called the “venomous, petty, often ad hominem political discourse of the day.”

“Opponents will expect us to be defensive, but they have it backwards,” Daniels said.  “When they call the slightest spending reductions ‘painful,’ we will say, ‘if government spending prevents pain, why are we suffering so much of it?’  And ‘if you want to experience real pain, just stay on the track we are on.’”

Daniels pulled no punches when it came to his criticism of the Obama administration.

“The health care travesty now on the books will engulf private markets and produce a single-payer system or its equivalent, and it won't take long to happen,” he predicted.

Daniels accused Obama of presiding over a “two-year orgy of regulation,” pointing to the president’s recent Executive Order stepping up oversight of federal regulations.

He equated the nation’s rising national debt with the historical threat of Communism: “It is the new Red Menace, this time consisting of ink. We can debate its origins endlessly and search for villains on ideological grounds, but the reality is pure arithmetic.”

Daniels offered few clues about his own presidential ambitions, but the crowd responded favorably to his message.

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