Magazine December 22, 2019, Issue

Catching Up with Mitch

Selfie time with Mitch Daniels (right) (Purdue University/Alex Kumar)
A conversation with ex-governor Mitch Daniels, the president of Purdue University

West Lafayette, Ind.

Mitch Daniels is remarkably unchanging, both in his looks and in his views. You would recognize him at 100 paces. He looks basically the way he did when he was a Reagan aide. He thinks basically the same way too — one of the last of the Reaganite Mohicans. Today, he is president of Purdue University, and I’ve arrived at his office for a conversation.

Daniels has had a busy, multifaceted life. He was born in 1949, making him 70 today. He went to Princeton University and later to Georgetown Law. He worked as an aide to Richard Lugar,

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