Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels boasts that he would turn heads with his fundraising firepower and roster of big-name GOP supporters if he jumps into the 2012 presidential race.
“If I were to decide to do this, we would have an unbelievable letterhead,” Daniels predicted in a POLITICO interview Wednesday, lighting up as the hour-long conversation turned to why he could win.
“I don’t know if we’d raise the most, but for whatever reason, there are an awful lot of people standing by who I think know how to do this a lot better than I do,” he said, noting that he’s being pushed to run by an array of business types and political figures.
Daniels suggested three things could keep him from plunging in: his wife’s concerns, the calculation that his party or the country aren’t ready for his tough-love message or the emergence of another capable candidate...
He wouldn’t say it, but those who have spoken to him indicate Daniels doesn’t see anyone in the current GOP field focused on the fiscal issues that motivate him. If such a person doesn’t emerge — and Daniels said he’ll announce his decision “no later” than May and potentially in April — the chances of him running will increase. Daniels recounted that his close friend Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour indicated during a conversation a few weeks ago at the Alfalfa Dinner in Washington that he was seriously considering a presidential run. But Daniels declined to say whether the presence of Barbour in the field would dissuade him from mounting his own bid.
If you've followed Daniels closely over the last few months, you'll note that he's basically said again and again that the United States is at a crisis point over the deficit. This article strongly suggests that he doesn't think anybody else can carry that message. By his own logic, how could he not therefore run? On top of all this, he all but dares his potential challengers to match him.