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Could Mitch Daniels and Jeb Bush lead the GOP back to the White House?
http://nwitimes.com/news/local/article_7b4c713f-d3bc-5e17-bdec-1b8d75f36410.html ^ | Sunday, September 6, 2009 | Dan Carden

Posted on 09/23/2009 2:47:27 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

INDIANAPOLIS | Did Hoosiers get a first look last week at The Ticket?

Mitch Daniels. Jeb Bush. 2012?

Both Republicans frequently deny seeking higher office, but each man also told The Times the other would be a strong candidate for a presidential run.

"If he wants it, sure," Bush said of Daniels' national prospects.

"I honestly believe he is the best governor in the country in terms of the courage of his convictions, intelligence, strategic thinking," Bush said.

At the same time, Daniels said he's disappointed Bush says he's ruled out a future in government.

"I understand his answer, but I hope one day he'll rule it in," Daniels said.

"I think, honestly, he's the best I've seen in either party. He's smart, very principled, very open-minded, very practical, and he's proven in both private and public life that he can get results," Daniels said of Bush.

Daniels, an Indianapolis Republican who won re-election in 2008, is barred by term limits from running for governor again in 2012. Bush, the brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H. W. Bush, served as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007.

Bush now heads the Foundation for Excellence in Education, which promotes school-reform plans, as he did at Indiana's Education Roundtable in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

"I can tell him there's life after being governor," Bush said of Daniels. "It may not be as cool as being governor, but there's life after that."

Speaking to reporters after the event, Daniels and Bush looked comfortable standing together at the same podium, each wearing a single-breasted dark suit and blue shirt. While Bush stands a full head taller than Daniels, their friendly rapport was evident in the casual back-and-forth conversation between the two Republicans.

Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock says he hopes both men, but especially Daniels, will seriously consider a national run in 2012.

"I would love to see Gov. Daniels do it. He has so many qualities that this country is absolutely crying out for right now," Mourdock said.

And with Daniels at the top of the ticket, Mourdock sees Bush as a good pick for VP.

"When you start talking about vice presidents, oftentimes it isn't so much what they can do, it's what can they bring," Mourdock said.

In addition to Florida's 27 electoral votes, Mourdock said Bush also brings an experienced "Bush organization" that's already put two family members in the White House. Daniels was budget director under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003.

But Purdue University political scientist William Shaffer cautions it's probably too early to be speculating on 2012.

"That's a long way away. Who would have thought at this point as far in advance of the 2008 election that Barack Obama would even be a candidate," Shaffer said. "The world will change presidential politics between now and then."

But should he run, Daniels' biggest problem is that he's largely unknown. Shaffer said.

"That's one of the big hurdles, obviously. If somebody jumps in, they really have to become known. You'd think a governor of a state would be, but they're not, they're really not," Shaffer said.

At the same time, Daniels' relative national anonymity could also prove to be an asset, Shaffer said.

"I think part of it reflects a weakness of the Republican Party right at this point in time. Mitch Daniels might look good to a lot of people when you also mention Sarah Palin, for example," he said.

Daniels, who in his final re-election ad vowed that "governor is the only office I've run for or ever will," left the state Saturday for a 10-day trade mission to Asia. He's hoping to secure new jobs and investments in Indiana from companies based in China and Japan.

On the one hand, that is what governors do. On the other, foreign negotiations sure look rather presidential.


TOPICS: US: Florida; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; bush; daniels2012; getlostrino; gopcomeback; idiotschoice; jebbush; jebbush2012; mitchdaniels; nomorebushes; nomorerinos; sourcetitlenoturl; stayoutdabushes; vivalaraza
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1 posted on 09/23/2009 2:47:27 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

I think we’re all Bushed out.


2 posted on 09/23/2009 2:48:39 PM PDT by rsobin
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To: MinorityRepublican

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 09/23/2009 2:48:48 PM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

NO MORE BUSHES!


4 posted on 09/23/2009 2:48:52 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is an EVIL like no other, and must be ERADICATED. Barack OBORTION is a close second.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Jeb Bush?!!! The Bushes are the reason why we are in such a sorry state now as a party. No more.


5 posted on 09/23/2009 2:50:01 PM PDT by kabar
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To: MinorityRepublican

OH HELL NO!

Maybe they missed the sign.....NO MORE RINOS!


6 posted on 09/23/2009 2:50:05 PM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: MinorityRepublican

No more Bush for President. Jeb is a great guy and would probably make a better POTUS than George. It would kill the GOP’s chances if we try to elect another Bush anytime before the next 20 years.


7 posted on 09/23/2009 2:50:26 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

No.


8 posted on 09/23/2009 2:50:32 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: MinorityRepublican

not no...but HELL NO.

It’ll have to be Palin and ___________ to save the GOP.


9 posted on 09/23/2009 2:50:38 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (I won't be happy until Jet-A is less than $2.00 a gallon)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Hunter, Demint, Pence, or Palin. Jeb and Mitch can stay put.


10 posted on 09/23/2009 2:50:53 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Is this the next chapter of the book, “How to Lose Every Election From Now On”?


11 posted on 09/23/2009 2:50:56 PM PDT by alicewonders (Sarah Palin is the face of America's future.)
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To: rsobin

I think we’re all Bushed out.

I’m over the Bush’s as well.


12 posted on 09/23/2009 2:51:09 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: MinorityRepublican
Daniels would be a strong candidate but he needs to start becoming more visible on a national scale. Even though Jeb is the strongest Bush yet leadership wise, his last name is political kryponite.
13 posted on 09/23/2009 2:51:53 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: MinorityRepublican

NO HELL NO NEVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


14 posted on 09/23/2009 2:52:12 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Liberal media picking our candidates again.


15 posted on 09/23/2009 2:52:15 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I don’t know anything about Daniels, but I have had a belly full of the Bush family. I was in FL when Jeb was governor, better than his DIMocrat predecessors, but nothing to get exited about. IMO, we could expect a similar screw job to what W gave us. No thanks.

We need to take back the GOP from these clowns.


16 posted on 09/23/2009 2:52:17 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: FatherofFive
NO MORE BUSHES!

Daniels is to the left of the Bushes.

17 posted on 09/23/2009 2:52:45 PM PDT by Always Right (Obama owes Joe Willson an apology!!!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

6


18 posted on 09/23/2009 2:53:21 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln
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To: MinorityRepublican

Stay out the Bushes!


19 posted on 09/23/2009 2:53:24 PM PDT by discomatic
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To: MinorityRepublican

No. These two will not do it. Another Bush ain’t gonna do it. We’ve got others besides those named “Bush” in the Republican party.

Problem is, we’ve got nobody defending the core conservative beliefs other than talk radio hosts, too many in the party think core beliefs are negotiable. It’s just politics to them, not heart-felt beliefs.


20 posted on 09/23/2009 2:53:38 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: rsobin

I think we’re all Bushed out, too.


21 posted on 09/23/2009 2:55:30 PM PDT by donna (3rd largest workforce in the world: UK National Health Service (Chinese Army is #1))
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To: MinorityRepublican

No.


22 posted on 09/23/2009 2:55:47 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

“Sorry, Jeb, the pattern is full [of Bushes]”


23 posted on 09/23/2009 2:56:02 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: MinorityRepublican

UH no!


24 posted on 09/23/2009 2:56:02 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: ChildOfThe60s
Jeb kept the budget balanced without raising taxes. The WRONG Bush was nominated in 2000, IMHO.

Jeb could do alot of good work behind the scenes. The best thing about Mitch is that he is a rational realist, ie not an ideologue, and not susceptible to the whims of the day (whether that be global warming, populism, or any other rotten trend). He isn't an inspiring figure, however, and reminds many folks of a corporocrat.

25 posted on 09/23/2009 2:56:38 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Could Mitch Daniels and Jeb Bush lead the GOP back to the White House?

In a word, no.
26 posted on 09/23/2009 2:56:41 PM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: MinorityRepublican

N.O.


27 posted on 09/23/2009 2:58:00 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Obad. 1:15: As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The GOP has not won the White House without a Bush on the ticket since 1972.


28 posted on 09/23/2009 2:58:26 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: MinorityRepublican
NOOOOOOOO!
29 posted on 09/23/2009 2:58:58 PM PDT by 50mm (AARP is a steaming pile)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Mitch who? The man should get some name recognition.


30 posted on 09/23/2009 3:00:51 PM PDT by cookcounty (Videos? What videos? ....The First ACORN President has no comment.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Why even bother any more, Obama and Co. will rule for life.


31 posted on 09/23/2009 3:00:53 PM PDT by yield 2 the right (Freedom is never free, it costs blood, sweat and tears, and to some that is too high. I disagree!)
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NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!

Which part of that don’t they understand. I am NOT voting for any amnesty promoter!


32 posted on 09/23/2009 3:02:43 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government. -- James Madison)
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To: Clemenza

Regardless of what you and I both think of Jeb Bush, the future and (hopefully) salvation of the GOP and this country will not happen with another Bush at the helm. W pissed away any collateral in the family name. He was better than a Democrat, BFD. Thanks to him and his “leadership” of the party we have an extremely dangerous radical in the White House.


33 posted on 09/23/2009 3:03:01 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I’m pulling against this. I guess I’m Bushed.


34 posted on 09/23/2009 3:05:52 PM PDT by stevem
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To: rsobin

Bush is soft on illegals.


35 posted on 09/23/2009 3:07:51 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: MinorityRepublican

stay out da Bushes


36 posted on 09/23/2009 3:08:03 PM PDT by mjp (pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, independence, limited government, capitalism})
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To: MinorityRepublican

Unfortunately, W and the Elder have ruined it for the most qualified Bush. It will never happen.


37 posted on 09/23/2009 3:08:37 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Hey Obama, no matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

No more Bushes.

38 posted on 09/23/2009 3:11:54 PM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: muawiyah
Bush is soft on illegals.

Soft? He's downright liquid.

39 posted on 09/23/2009 3:13:37 PM PDT by Bronzewound
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Daniels was director of the OMB for Bush II before becoming Governor of IN.


40 posted on 09/23/2009 3:14:48 PM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: muawiyah

He was soft on illegals . He diminished our 4th amendment rights (big government). He was fiscally very irresponsible. He did show lack of intelligence when he made a deal with Kennedy and the dems on drugs for seniors ; thinking that they would then be nice to him in return.


41 posted on 09/23/2009 3:15:00 PM PDT by rsobin
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To: MinorityRepublican
Jeb Bush let Terri Schiavo be murdered. That's all the answer I need. This was a landmark case about the right to life and Jeb Bush just stood aside and handed the culture of death a huge win.

We don't want him.

42 posted on 09/23/2009 3:17:01 PM PDT by Batrachian
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To: devane617
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I would like to add

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

43 posted on 09/23/2009 3:19:20 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: jaydubya2

I’d have to look into Daniels a lot more before I could form an educated opinion. I just don’t know anything about him

Regardless of what I think of Jeb, he is not the future of a successful GOP.


44 posted on 09/23/2009 3:20:11 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Absolutely Not!!!!! Just more of the same we’ve been having for the past umpteen years.


45 posted on 09/23/2009 3:25:50 PM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Absolutely Not!!!!! Just more of the same we’ve been having for the past umpteen years.


46 posted on 09/23/2009 3:26:40 PM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Lets hope not.


47 posted on 09/23/2009 3:27:03 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: MinorityRepublican

..IMO I think that we would find that Jeb would be even softer on the immigration issue—something to do with family ties...


48 posted on 09/23/2009 3:27:37 PM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I think Mitch Daniels could be a likely candidate — we need someone with executive experience not someone from Congress. I don’t want to see anyone who has not held an Executive position run period plus no one from the last primary either.


49 posted on 09/23/2009 3:28:42 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Coburn - Senate 2010 ! Take Back the House/Senate! Stop ZERO!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

First thing we should do is run all the RINO’s out of the party!

So, that means NO, and hell no.


50 posted on 09/23/2009 3:28:46 PM PDT by stockpirate ("I came NOT to bring peace but a sword." - Jesus Christ)
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