Gov. Mitch Daniels talks race for the White House
Potential VP candidate on 'Fox News Sunday'
- Duration 10:37
- Date Apr 22, 2012
Potential VP candidate on 'Fox News Sunday'
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A lot of Republicans wanted Indiana governor Mitch Daniels to run for president this year.
Now a lot of Republicans want Mitt Romney to choose Daniels as as running met.
Joining us from Indianapolis talk about that and an economic recovery that seems to be stalling is governor Daniels.
And welcome back to FOX News Sunday -- Glad to be here.
But he'll finally endorse Mitt Romney this week but here's -- just said in an interview with the Indianapolis Star we're gonna put up on the -- You have to campaign to govern not just to win look at everything through the lens of folks who have yet to achieve.
Romney doesn't talk that way.
Question is -- out of touch with Americans who are struggling in this economy.
Now I think he's much more in touch on -- honestly than the president apparently will ever be he's been out there he's been roughed up in the primaries is.
In face to face with -- really serious lingering economic difficulties America faces.
If anybody's you know detached from the lives of real Americans if anybody is disconnected from.
Where jobs and wealth come from it's our president so so so let's go if I made -- tomatoes are what did you mean when you said Romney doesn't talked out -- -- is saying that that he he's got the right prescription for America.
He's he's meeting the objective that I hoped our party would need of offering specific positive constructive.
-- and remedies for our debt problem -- are slow growth problem.
I -- as things go along I just want to encourage him to express these very same principles more often from the standpoint of the young the poor.
Those who have yet to -- start up the latter of life it's the very same principles.
Aimed in a slightly different way and I know he'll do that.
That the polls.
Are are pretty clear at this point that the horse race between Obama and Romney is very close but they're also pretty -- -- That maybe perhaps because of -- primary process and positions he took during the primaries.
That Romney trails the president by significant margins among women among Hispanics among lower income workers.
How does -- reach out to them.
Again I think simply by identifying with the very real problems they're facing I don't.
Think he'd want to trade problems with the president this fall this economy is in.
A lousy shape everyone knows it -- the only surprise.
To me is that anyone is surprised that -- still sputtering.
And I don't see it I hope I'm wrong but I don't see it much better just a few months from now and so.
Governor Romney I believe is already getting.
A good marks for.
His superior point of view on the thing that bothers Americans most it bothers everyone all those groups -- -- mentioned.
Had as much as anyone and so he's got a great opening I think and I predicted he'll -- it all right.
I'm gonna get to the economy in a moment but I wanna talk about some -- -- -- -- grows because.
For -- with Hispanics and yes of course the economy is the overwhelming issue.
But during the campaign.
Romney said that he opposes the DREAM Act he supports the Arizona crack down.
On illegals he is sad that a legal should self deport.
Act out a lot of Hispanics are expressed concern about those possessions you can't just say I didn't mean it.
I don't think he has to at all I think that.
You know he has nothing -- he gives away nothing here with regard to the president who's been and I believe.
-- duplicitous sometimes on this very same subject.
But I think he's got to speak the language honestly not mirror of narrow broadcasting.
To narrow casting let's say to -- individual groups.
As much as the language of unity that talks about the issues that.
Unite -- all the threats that -- us -- and try to bring Americans together you know that quote you put up Chris the most important part to me is.
The notion of campaigning to govern meaning try to.
Assemble people who may disagree about other things about the that'd -- the largest national but challenges and objectives we have.
Let's -- I think I know you're not gonna have particularly enjoy -- -- let's deal.
With the question of view as a possible running mate for Romney during the the run up to that the primary campaign year when you've made it clear that your wife and your daughters we're not.
Especially enthused at the idea of your running for president.
Would they feel differently about your running for vice president which is a shorter and less intrusive -- that.
-- we haven't had the conversation and I don't expect to have it you know a lot went into that.
No decision not to run very specifically that I promised the people my state eight full years and I.
I like living up to that commitment this show and that it was real so.
No I don't it I think -- -- hypothetical question the price stay that way all right but let me ask you directly if Romney asked you to be -- running mate will you accept.
Chris you'll remember what William F Buckley said when he ran for mayor New York asking people if -- what do you do if he want he said demand a recount.
I think I would.
Demand reconsideration and send mr.
Romney a list of people I think -- Considered better all right let me ask give would be at the top of the last two -- -- A lot seen a lot of names and I like a mall I'd I don't -- it did.
And ruin anybody's chances -- this morning by singling him or her out but.
You know there's a lot of talent the Republican Party -- new governors and young legislators.
-- have joined our ranks in the last few just a few years.
And I think he's got a wide range of people to pick from -- -- have full confidence he'll find the best one.
Let's turn to the economy would you touched on earlier and where it is right now there seem to be signs for the last few months that the economy and the recovery was picking up.
More jobs were being created each month the unemployment rate was steadily coming down.
But now in the last month there seems to be a sense from a variety of signs that job creation housing.
That the recovery is stalling what's what's your sense of where the national economy is now.
That -- stalling and it never really had much momentum.
Even win that consumption seem to be going up if you look one level deeper people were digging into savings the make those purchases last year in come in America -- The slower than inflation people actually lost purchasing power.
Our state happens to be one where the work force is growing but all around us there are State's Chris.
Where it people simply given up looking for work everyone now knows that if we had the same size workforce we had when this all started.
As reported would be 11% not.
Eight point -- so.
You know this is still very.
Tough slog in in most of America.
And honestly I can't name one thing that -- this administration's done that hasn't.
And leaned against jobs -- against growth so to that extent to the extent national policy has an effect its not really a surprise.
Well a bit let me pick up on that what about the Obama argument that he inherited a -- from George W.
And that they have Romney gets into office and enact the policies he's espousing that he will simply -- return us to that announced.
Governor Romney has endorsed Paul Ryan's budget.
Eight in principle Ryan cuts tax rates for the -- Without specifying which loopholes he would close Ryan -- non defense discretionary spending by 19%.
In 2014 which the Obama campaign says would mean major cuts in head start medical research and health care for the ports a how about.
The Obama argument what Romney will do is give tax cuts to the rich and spending cuts to the -- in the middle class.
First of all the president did inherit a mess but is not the first time that's ever happened he's done less what that mess than anyone else ever did Ronald Reagan inherited a bigger one.
And had a roaring economy already by this stage this is the weakest recovery.
At least in the post war period if not ever.
Given the depth of the recession that we were in with regard to how we get out of it.
You can start by saying we couldn't do worse than the policy mix of this president gigantic new spending gigantic new.
A takeover of eighteen or 19% of the economy in the Obama care bill.
With anything would be better than that now with regard to the Ryan budget it's certainly a much better starting point and what we have now.
Yes fill in the blanks to guess -- let's describe exactly.
Where or at least the extent to which the tax loophole should be closed.
But you know that.
The president apparently nothing in his life has.
Equated him with where jobs and wealth come from he has no -- at all for the small businesses of this company the country they're the ones in the receiving end of all is new taxes.
And you know frankly -- I guess he never is -- -- get it.
Finally and Barack Obama won Indiana.
Four years ago the first time that any Democrat had one year's state since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
What are the chances that Barack Obama can win Indiana again this November.
Slim and none.
-- wanna give credit to a very savvy strategy -- -- -- they they were in a very competitive primary here spent a lot of time and money.
Had a running head start saw an opportunity in capitalized on it.
-- that it will take a massive change I believe in in the view of hoosiers for him to repeat that this year -- the -- policy c.'s pursuit have been very hard on people out here in the middle of the country.
And my fellow citizens seem to see that every indication I've seen says they are very open to change and and a new.
-- direction in the -- in favor of more limited -- government -- -- more pro growth economic policy so you think that Indiana is basically locked up pretty tight for Mitt Romney in November.
I think you got to go earn it of course tonight I hope you'll.
Do that but you asked me what the president's chances are -- this I think I'm on firm ground saying they're not too good.
Governor Daniels we're gonna have to leave it there thank you so much as always for talking -- -- please come back sir.
I'd like that.