Daniels OK with Social-Issue Legislation in Indiana

by Katrina Trinko

Indiana governor and possible 2012 presidential candidate Mitch Daniels, who famously  said that it was time to call a “truce” on social issues back in June, has announced he’s fine with state lawmakers pushing pro-life legislation.

“As long as it doesn’t get in the way of the really crucial (objectives) — keeping Indiana in the black, improving our economy and bringing big reform to things like education. As long as it doesn’t get in the way of that, there’s plenty of time and capacity,” Daniels said to Indiana TV reporter Norman Cox.

Cox reported that some Republican legislators were pushing for a ban on all abortion past twenty weeks and a few more pro-life bills. The legislators had recently written a letter arguing that it was important that lawmakers did not merely focus on economic issues.

But Daniels also said that his original “truce” comment had been Washington, not Indiana, focused. “I was answering questions about the nation’s situation, which I think is very grave in terms of our economic and financial future,” he said. “I said the priorities ought to be there.”