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Can Mitch Daniels Be Saved from Himself?

11:52 AM, Feb 18, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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So it doesn't seem that the "truce" would help Daniels win the presidential nomination or enact fiscal reforms if elected president. The fact is that reforming Medicare polls badly, but the case for reform must be made. Jettisoning relatively popular social issues is not going to help Daniels--or any other Republican--get the job done.

For these practical and principled reasons, some of Daniels's biggest supporters have encouraged him to back off of his "truce" and say that he was just trying to emphasize that the economy, debt, and spending will be his top priorities. As Congressman Paul Ryan said, it's important to form a broad coalition to fight "social welfare statism," but "we don’t need to ask anybody to unilaterally disarm." 

But as for the truce, Ryan said: "I’m as pro-life as a person gets. You’re not going to have a truce. Judges are going to come up. Issues come up, they’re unavoidable, and I’m never going to not vote pro-life."

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