Mitch Daniels Articles

Mitch Daniels: Purdue Remains Committed to Free Speech

5:37 PM, Nov 11, 2015

The president of Purdue University has sent a campus-wide email reminding students and faculty of the school's commitment to its "shared values" of being a "welcoming, inclusive, and discrimination-free community" while also remaining "steadfast in preserving academic freedom and individual liberty."

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The Campaign That Never Was

How Mitch Daniels would have run for president.
Aug 24, 2015

The idea of writing a book about a presidential campaign that never happened had not occurred to Don Cogman. He had spent two years trying to get Mitch Daniels, then governor of Indiana, to run for president in 2012. His effort—and it was no small effort—had failed. Daniels had moved on, right out of politics. He’d become president of Purdue University.

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Gov. Daniels on Conversations With Bill Kristol

3:15 PM, Aug 17, 2015

Former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels was on Conversations With Bill Kristol recently, and the clips aired this weekend.

Daniels talks with the boss about making government work, his private sector work, and his time as governor of Indiana.

You can watch the first video below, and the rest of them here.

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Mitch vs. Zinn

Aug 05, 2013

Eyebrows at campuses around the country furrowed with concern last week over an Associated Press report involving former Indiana governor and current Purdue University president Mitch Daniels. Indeed, “AP Exclusive: Daniels looked to censor opponents,” is one heck of a headline to hang on four emails the wire service stumbled upon in a Freedom of Information Act request—especially when the emails actually confirm Daniels’s commitment to high academic stand-ards, not cast doubt on them.

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Indiana vs. Obamacare

A conflict of visions.
Oct 22, 2012




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Mourdock Ad: Choose 'Indiana Principles'

7:37 AM, Jul 27, 2012

U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Republican, has a new 30-second advertisement contrasting himself with his Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Donnelly. Mourdock ties Donnelly with Barack Obama and encourages Hoosier voters to "follow the Indiana principles that Richard Mourdock and Mitch Daniels fight for." Daniels is the popular, two-term outgoing Republican governor of Indiana. Watch the ad below:

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Lugar to Hoosiers: Help Me

Daniels says Mourdock can win the general.
9:00 AM, May 05, 2012

Ahead of Tuesday's Republican Senate primary in Indiana, six-term incumbent Dick Lugar has a message for Hoosier voters: "At this point, help."

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Indiana Becomes First Right-to-Work State in Rust Belt

3:31 PM, Feb 01, 2012

According to the Associated Press, Governor Mitch Daniels just signed legislation making Indiana a right-to-work state:

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'Daniels Said It All'

7:33 PM, Jan 26, 2012

Mark Salter, writing at RealClearPolitics:

We had an excellent example of the statesmanship missing in our public affairs a few minutes after the president high-fived his way out of the House chamber when Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels offered the Republican response.

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Morning Jay: A Choice Only Among Rascals?

6:00 AM, Jan 26, 2012

In his last work, The Responsible Electorate (1966), the great scholar V.O. Key argued against the thinking of political scientists of his age that the mass public was too ill-informed to make wise decisions:           

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Schumer on State of the Union: 'We Think We Are in Great Shape'

2:24 PM, Jan 25, 2012

New York senator Chuck Schumer commented on Mitch Daniels's Republican response to the State of the Union Address at a press conference today on Capitol Hill. "The Republican speaker last night, Mitch Daniels, talked about Americans must talk about the state of the union as grave," Schumer said. "So, we think we are in great shape. We are in good shape."

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First Ad for Mitch 2012?

1:23 PM, Jan 24, 2012

Has some group called the RGA released the first Mitch Daniels 2012 ad of this election cycle?

Readers might recall an online petition that recently went up to encourage Daniels to enter the Republican primary -- see here.

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New York Times Takes Note of

11:24 AM, Jan 24, 2012

The New York Times writes about Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, who will give the Republican response to the State of the Union address tonight, and reports: 


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Debate Winner: Mitch Daniels

11:31 PM, Jan 23, 2012

I’ve got to think Monday night’s debate further swelled the groundswell of support for Mitch Daniels. The liveliest part of the debate was at the beginning, when Mitt went after Newt—and Republicans all over America watched with fascinated horror at the thought that these are the two GOP frontrunners.

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Groundswell of Support for Mitch!

7:54 PM, Jan 23, 2012

Matt McKillip, a representative of, earlier today on Fox News: 

And the boss himself also mentioned that there was support for Indiana governor Mitch Daniels to make a late entry into the GOP primary and spoke more generally about the race:

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Boss Ross

1:11 PM, Jan 23, 2012

Ross Douthat, writing on the New York Times’s website, has a must-read article on the Republican presidential field and the desirability—and even possibility!—of a new entry. “For months now, even as the rest of the conservative commentariat has gradually resigned itself to the existing presidential field, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol has continued to pine — publicly, unstintingly, immune to either embarrassment or fatigue— for another candidate to jump into the race,” Douthat writes.

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A Candidate to Be Drafted Later?

12:15 AM, Jan 22, 2012


One South Carolina factoid I haven't seen commented on elsewhere: Rick Santorum ran closer to Mitt Romney than Romney did to Newt Gingrich. Romney and Gingrich are the front-runners, but any of the three could be the nominee.

Or it could be someone not yet in the race.

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Draft of Mitch Daniels’s Response to State of the Union!?
1:19 PM, Jan 19, 2012

This morning, the Republican leadership on the Hill announced that Indiana governor Mitch Daniels would deliver the GOP response Tuesday night to President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

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It’s Not About You

12:00 PM, Sep 28, 2011

Chris Christie gave an impressive speech at the Reagan Library last night. But by far the most interesting moment was an exchange from the question and answer session.

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Mitch Daniels on Chris Christie, 2012, and Social Security Reform

4:19 PM, Sep 26, 2011

Although Indiana governor Mitch Daniels would like to see his New Jersey counterpart run for president, Daniels said today that he doesn't see any signs Chris Christie will change his mind. “I personally didn’t press him, so I have nothing to report,” Daniels said of his meeting last Thursday with Christie. “I saw no evidence that he’s going to change his mind.”

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Missing Mitch

10:49 AM, Sep 26, 2011

Matthew Continetti writes that Mitch Daniels's new book, Keeping the Republic, is unfortunately "a campaign book with no candidate."

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Yikes, cont.

1:01 PM, Sep 23, 2011

Lots of interesting e-mails on the boss’s “Yikes.” This one, from a Republican who has held high elective office, is worth noting:

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GOP Bigs Push Paul Ryan to Run

Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, John Boehner, Jim Jordan, and Bill Bennett encourage Ryan to run for president.
10:31 AM, Aug 17, 2011

As Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan comes to a final decision about running for president, several top national conservatives are encouraging him to join the race. Ryan, who has been seriously but quietly considering a presidential bid for several months, is expected to decide on a run in the next two weeks.

Indiana governor Mitch Daniels hopes he runs. “If there were a Paul Ryan fan club, I'd be a national officer,” Daniels said in a phone interview Wednesday morning.

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Mitch Daniels Urges Indiana Congressmen to Vote for Boehner Plan

9:56 AM, Jul 28, 2011

Indiana governor and budget hawk Mitch Daniels, who dubbed debt "the new red menace" during his CPAC speech this year, supports the Boehner plan:

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AP: Without Taxpayers Funding Indiana Planned Parenthood, Women "Left Fending for Themselves"

4:32 PM, Jun 22, 2011

There are currently at 800 Medicaid providers that can provide patients with family planning services in the state of Indiana, but you wouldn't know it by this "report" by the Associated Press's Rick Callahan.

Poor people are "fending for themselves," according to the AP, now that the state has cut off taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the country's largest abortion provider. The AP's Callahan writes: 

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Exeunt Omnes

But others will enter.
5:33 AM, May 22, 2011

Not running: Mike Huckabee, the 2008 runner-up; John Thune, the likeliest candidate from the Senate, the body that has produced the out-party candidate in 2008, 2004, and 1996; Mike Pence, who could lay as much claim as anyone to represent the conservative movement; and Haley Barbour and Mitch Daniels, effective two-term governors with impressive D.C. experience as well.

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