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The nation's governors are in Washington for their annual conference and we want to talk policy and politics with one of their later.
Indiana governor Mitch Daniels the governor welcome back to FOX News Sunday thank you Chris it seems as this Republican race grows on the GOP voters are growing less not more satisfied with the field -- put up a couple of statistics.
A Gallup poll finds 55%.
Of Republicans and Republican leading independents where someone else were running.
And here's what former Florida governor Jeb Bush said this week.
It's a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people's fears.
And a motion.
Rather than try to get them to look over the horizon for a broader prospective.
Are you know troubled by the negativity some would say the -- Of this rights.
-- from time to time on both sides by the way the president's.
One of the main perpetrators of negative politics but.
And we can all wish and I do that it would subside some but I don't necessarily blame the candidates there's a certain dynamic of the race that.
Leads the magnification of small differences and people picking on each other.
Let me ask another aspect of it you have sad that Republicans need particularly in these times to focus on the economy and -- and as you famously said ones.
The call a truce on social issues.
Are you troubled when you see Republican spending so much time talking about contraception -- Planned Parenthood.
Let's remember where they didn't start this the president did within with a very intrusive.
-- limiting decision and they were asked to react to that so they answered the questions.
No I think when they get a chance governor Romney this week talking about all the right issues.
And ultimately that that'll be -- this election gets decided this economy is staggering it's in very -- shape is the weakest recovery ever.
From a deep recession got the fewest number of Americans -- percentage of Americans in the work force -- working today.
This is the days of the stay at home mom and so eventually this is going to be a binary choice.
And it'll be decided I'm confident on the biggest issues and biggest threats are you impressed by.
Romney's economic plan -- he just laid it out I'm very encouraged -- you and and no other candidates by the way and then in that field are talking about the right questions.
How to get this economy growing -- -- we stop killing growth -- this administration does.
Every -- with -- every new action regulation and threatened tax and so forth.
And so yes I think that things are headed in that in a direction that it will present the American people with a very good contrast -- a positive alternative I wanted to ask a couple of political questions will move on to policy it -- cut but but.
Is it to life.
For someone new to get into this race and to push it -- way contested convention in August.
You're not asking the right guy and -- not a great student of these things I'm told it's not too late for people to file in the significant number of states with significant number delegates.
As -- as a technical matters a practical matter I don't think it's very likely and I don't know what it would lead to.
Is there any chance under any circumstances.
Mitch Daniels gets into this race now sir I cross that.
Decision -- along time ago -- and we did and and try and when I get the chance that play some role look forward to helping our eventual nominee.
Running for president just something I never thought about doing nothing -- -- -- so Sherman asked statement if drafted you will not wrong.
It -- -- things just don't happen Chris you've been covering these things a long time we're gonna have a nominee probably.
I have well ahead of the convention.
And a lot of these questions that are really very intriguing I know right now will be long forgotten we'll have a debate about how we keep this country from going broke.
How we restore the American dream rebuild a stable and.
Hopeful middle class okay let's focus on that as you know gas prices are rising sharply.
Half when Barack Obama took office gas cost.
A dollar 85 a gallon it's now up to three dollars and 67 cents.
I gallon in your formal response to the president's state of the union speech.
You who blames what you called extremist policies.
Extremist policies by the president of stifle domestic production.
And you said that that was a pro.
This week the president talked about Republicans here's what he said.
You combat that sense is an election year -- dusting off their three point plan for two dollar -- And I'll say good the suspense.
Except one has to -- in step -- -- to drill.
And then step three is to keep girl.
President says the Republicans are playing politics with gas prices -- a lot of it is beyond the control about a president.
And the domestic oil production is the highest in eight years.
Let's give the president credit for one domestic policy that -- he wanted higher gas prices and he got him he said it.
Secretary choose at eight dollars or not what they pay in Europe would be great secretary Salazar said it go to ten dollars he still wouldn't be for allowing drilling in.
Many of the places where we know there's an awful lot of domestic production.
And so they've gotten the doubling of gas prices and perhaps worse is a conscious policy -- this administration may be the one thing they set out to do and actually accomplished.
And let's let's face it.
When you lock up.
Vast -- tracts of land where we know there's oil when you lean against the shale loyal and sailed -- -- -- eight federal agencies.
Now clamoring to regulate this greatest break we've had in the American economy in many many years.
When you have environmental regulations that are gonna raise the price of refining gas possibly put some of our -- refiners out of business.
Guess what you're gonna get higher gas -- -- -- but -- -- night they say they've opened millions of acres to oil and gas exploration and that US dependence.
On foreign oil is the lowest in sixteen -- no thanks to them this is the product of the openings that happen.
It under his predecessor he -- but what about what he inherited inherited and more aggressive pro energy.
Policy and since then leases have been cut in half permitting for new drilling has been cut by two thirds -- -- -- Let's talk about the economy and you who gave some numbers earlier and I wanna come back to what the question of just how strong this economy is how fast the recovery is unemployment.
Now down to eight point 3% that's the -- than three years.
New claims for jobless benefits this past week and a four year low and consumer confidence is -- a one year high.
Isn't the economy getting better -- it.
If the president thinks he's going to be running on an economic a success story.
He is headed -- a rude surprise in my opinion unemployment rate doesn't tell us much anymore Chris and this is widely.
Written these days the employment rate again just fell below 64%.
The lowest since the seventies and again a lot of moms were.
Staying at home we've you had -- unemployment.
Insurance claims may be -- we've moved a couple million people on -- the Social Security disability rolls which is.
Become a new form of perhaps permanent.
For a lot of people so this is not a pretty picture.
We ought not candy coat it we ought to recognize we're gonna need a different mix of very pro growth policies I've said often.
Until Americans are working again until we have the revenue coming in to pay our bills meet our debt growth lot of trump everything else.
Finally you just sign this month a law making Indiana the 23 state right to work state in the country.
Which means is that people no longer have to join a union to get a specific job.
Question what's wrong with the unions nothing's wrong with you.
And if that that measure affected in any way the right to.
A bargain for the right to organize collectively I wouldn't have been fourth that's completely untouched all it says is the worker can decide whether or not it's worth -- is whether they'd rather have that money themselves.
But that's not necessarily in a practical sense over the long run weaken unions certainly the unions -- -- Now not necessarily their higher rates of unionization and some right to work states than there.
Are in Indiana today.
It's really matter whether people think they're getting their money's worth and we just knew it would bring more job store state that was -- our principal.
Motive for doing it and already the phone is ringing and we are about to strike some agreements I think -- Put a few more -- to -- our.
Back in 2006.
You said that you oppose right to work as in your words to devices.
Now the unions say as a result of this decision to sign and make it -- white to work state.
That wages will go down and workplaces will become more dangerous well first -- all that's all bunk.
The facts could not be more clear that.
Safeties -- affected wages and job growth are much faster in the -- To right to work states than in the 28 that didn't provide this protection to workers now.
For several years it's absolutely true I said I never that I was opposed to right to work -- ahead.
We can succeed under the labor laws we have ultimately and particularly in this terrible national economy.
I reluctantly came to the conclusion that we needed to take this that if we were gonna have the kind of -- be the kind of opportunities they don't want again to be.
Governor Daniels a wanna thank you so much for coming in it's always a pleasure talking -- -- -- mind please come back so we'll.
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