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Mitch Daniels: Indiana Work Might Keep Me From Running


From comments like this, it is very easy to suspect that Mitch Daniels just doesn’t want to run for president:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels says he’ll stay focused on getting his Statehouse agenda passed, even if the legislative session drags on so long that it precludes him for running for president.

An ongoing standoff caused by boycotting House Democrats has the potential to cause the legislative session to drag on past its scheduled end in late April. Daniels told The Associated Press Wednesday that his legislative agenda remains his top priority. He said a long-term impasse “could well get in the way of any national participation. If it does, it does.”

Really? The long legislative session might be sufficient to deter a man from trying to lead his country, to steer it away from a currently disastrous course, to try to salvage it before it is overtaken by monstrous debt, a threat that Daniels himself said was scarier than the Soviet arsenal?

Doesn’t this effectively give Democrats in the Indiana state legislature a veto over whether or not he runs for president?

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