Mitch Daniels: Not a Light Beer Man

Boy, they don’t teach journalism the way they used to. Sure, it’s interesting that potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels held his own “beer summit” with college-age supporters. But for heaven’s sake, man, can’t you get more precise about what he drank?

Gov. Mitch Daniels now has at least one thing in common with the man he may run against for president: They’ve both held beer summits.

After Daniels and his wife addressed a crowd of supporters at the state Republican fundraising dinner on Thursday night, members of Students for Daniels invited the governor out for drinks at Kilroy’s in downtown Indianapolis. By 9:30 p.m., Daniels was sitting at a table surrounded by his college-aged supporters with a beer in hand.

“I’m having a good time,” said Daniels, who didn’t leave the bar until after 11 p.m. “Anybody would be. I’m lifted up by young people.”

The governor sat with a loosened tie and made it through at least two beers while at the table with about 10 students. His young supporters leaned in to listen to each word of the soft-spoken governor’s stories about life and his political career. His favorite beer, he said, is Foster’s — but that’s only when he’s home. When he’s out, he likes to drink Grolsch or St. Pauli Girl.

“Let me put it this way,” he said. “I start by eliminating anything ending in ‘light.’”

Clearly a Daniels administration would have good relations with the Australians, the Dutch, and the Germans.

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