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Mitch Daniels: Obama not a socialist
The Hill ^ | 09/23/11 | Cameron Joseph

Posted on 09/23/2011 12:39:50 PM PDT by freespirited

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) disagreed with several of the GOP White House contenders after Thursday night’s GOP debate, saying President Obama is not a socialist.

During the debate, most of the candidates described the president that way.

When asked Friday if he thought Obama had pursued socialist policies, Daniels laughed wryly and simply said, “No.”

He also used the opportunity to warn the contenders to be more careful with their rhetoric.

“At some stage I just think that if you’re interested in results you should just try to be careful to use words that don’t drive anybody away and if possible just take a chance to be more civil, more likeable than the other guy,” said Daniels, who added that he did not see Thursday’s debate.

“The perfectly human temptation is to match insult for insult and strong language for strong language and it feels good for about 10 minutes — but then you realize you probably didn’t add anybody to your point of view,” he said during a breakfast with reporters sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.

Several conservatives have charged that the president’s economic policies, especially his call for the wealthy to pay more taxes, show he is a socialist.

Daniels, the former director of the Office of Management and Budget, has also earned conservative ire with his stance on social issues.

The governor, who decided earlier this year not to run for president, said that while he thought a year ago that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) would not have been a strong presidential candidate, the political situation has shifted radically since then.

“I’d have thought, ‘Another Texan so soon?’ But boy, do things look different now,” he said. “It’s not about Rick, it’s sort of about where he’s from, but now as desperate as the national situation is I think the door is open.”

He also said that Perry’s centrist stance on immigration is “not going to be a stopper” for him in the GOP primary.

During the breakfast, Daniels warned that while any Republican “who can breathe and speak English” might be able to beat Obama in the next election because of the president’s sliding poll numbers, the problems America faces are so serious that it is important to find the right candidate.

“If it were more normal times, as a partisan I’d say, ‘That’s fine,’” he said of Obama’s decreasing popularity and the GOP field. “Winning the next election without having really prepared the country and rallying the country to go do some big things would really be a lost opportunity.”

He said Obama’s 2008 campaign should be a guiding force for what Republicans should not do this time around.

“That non-specific charisma campaign is not what I hope we as the opposition mount next time,” he said. “The situation is way too important for that.”

Daniels, who is promoting a new book, “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans,” did not completely shut the door on accepting a vice presidential nomination but became agitated when asked about the possibility.

He said he was becoming tired of the question. He also said he had no timetable for making his own endorsement for president.

Daniels has endorsed his former boss Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), in the Republican primary against Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock. While being careful not to criticize the Tea Party movement, he called Lugar a “mentor” and an “extraordinary public servant.”

“I’m not sure he’s in that much trouble,” Daniels said. “My sense is he’s likely to win, he’s working hard and he’s an icon in our state.”

When asked about the deep-pocketed fiscally conservative Club for Growth, which is targeting Lugar for defeat, Daniels was circumspect.

“All is fair game,” he said. “I regret the tactics that are often used but it’s not for me to say that people with a strong point of view ought not to be able to express it and participate.”


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He's a champagne socialist.
1 posted on 09/23/2011 12:39:51 PM PDT by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Oh.

Next.


2 posted on 09/23/2011 12:40:38 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: freespirited

Yeah, and neither was Karl Marx.


3 posted on 09/23/2011 12:41:22 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: freespirited

I agree. He’s not a socialist...he’s a full-blown Marxist-Leninist Communist.


4 posted on 09/23/2011 12:41:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: freespirited; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; Impy; Crichton; AuH2ORepublican

And to think this idiot was considered a “great choice” for President.


5 posted on 09/23/2011 12:42:58 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: freespirited

I cannot think of a single Republican who would be driven away from a “contender” if he/she said Obama was a Socialist. Can you?


6 posted on 09/23/2011 12:44:37 PM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE RINOs)
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To: freespirited

It a good thing he choose not to run, he might have cut into the 1% that support Huntsman...


7 posted on 09/23/2011 12:44:57 PM PDT by apillar
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To: freespirited
When was the last time a prominent Democrat came out and said that Democratic candidates need to be careful with their rhetoric when discussing Republican opponents?
8 posted on 09/23/2011 12:44:57 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: freespirited

Maybe daniels IS as dumb as Bill O’really..


9 posted on 09/23/2011 12:44:57 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: freespirited

I’m thinkin anarco-fascist myself, so chalk one up for Mitch.


10 posted on 09/23/2011 12:45:17 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: freespirited

Mitch, Mitch, Mitch....

When Zero was a mere Senator, don’t you know he was scored as being to the left of Bernie Sanders? Bernie is an avowed socialist, and Zero is farther to the left. Well, then again, maybe Mitch is right. Zero isn’t a socialist. He’s an outright Marxist-Leninist commie.


11 posted on 09/23/2011 12:45:32 PM PDT by henkster (Socialists and liberals all want jobs; they just don't want to work.)
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To: freespirited

Another Republican wuss. Imagine...


12 posted on 09/23/2011 12:45:54 PM PDT by AnnGora (For a copy of this tagline, send 19.99 to Copy of Tagline, Pueblo, CO...)
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To: hosepipe

Is it even possible to be denser than BoR?


13 posted on 09/23/2011 12:45:54 PM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: freespirited
Mitch Daniels: Obama not a socialist

There are also some that say he isn't black, or a muslim, but you could fool me.

FUBO GTFO! 484 Days until Noon Jan 20, 2013

14 posted on 09/23/2011 12:46:00 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: freespirited

His definition of “socialist” and mine appear to be somewhat different.


15 posted on 09/23/2011 12:46:09 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: freespirited

Sheesh. Just what the hell more does Obama need to do to be called a Socialist, Mitch?


16 posted on 09/23/2011 12:46:31 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: Paperdoll
I cannot think of a single Republican who would be driven away from a “contender” if he/she said Obama was a Socialist. Can you?

Not a one. The shoe fits very well.

17 posted on 09/23/2011 12:47:25 PM PDT by freespirited (Stupid people are ruining America. --Herman Cain)
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To: freespirited

RINO Brown Noser


18 posted on 09/23/2011 12:49:07 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: freespirited

“He also used the opportunity to warn the contenders to be more careful with their rhetoric.”

Maybe we ought to continue the discussion with him AFTER he gets his head out of his a$#!!


19 posted on 09/23/2011 12:49:55 PM PDT by SMARTY ("If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. " Winston Churchill)
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To: freespirited

He’s also an Islamophile.

See:

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20110922/NJNEWS10/309220035/Christie-Daniels-down-GOP-field-both-resist-calls-run-president?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Chris Christie has been meeting with this nitwit to discuss campaign strategy.

Well, the two have a lot in common. They both love Muslims and illegals.


20 posted on 09/23/2011 12:50:18 PM PDT by ZULU (DUMP Obama in 2012)
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To: vbmoneyspender
When was the last time a prominent Democrat came out and said that Democratic candidates need to be careful with their rhetoric when discussing Republican opponents?

Ah, never.

21 posted on 09/23/2011 12:50:35 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: freespirited

Daniels is right. He is a marxist.


22 posted on 09/23/2011 12:51:26 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: fieldmarshaldj

See:

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20110922/NJNEWS10/309220035/Christie-Daniels-down-GOP-field-both-resist-calls-run-president?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

OMINOUS


23 posted on 09/23/2011 12:51:26 PM PDT by ZULU (DUMP Obama in 2012)
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To: freespirited

But Mitch Daniels...is he a socialist? He must be, defending other socialists from the nasty capitalists.


24 posted on 09/23/2011 12:51:59 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: freespirited

There are many men who have no stones.

Mitch Daniels is one.


25 posted on 09/23/2011 12:52:07 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: freespirited

Obama is a social Democrat, which means he supports the kind of welfare state with power highly centralized in the elites that we find in western Europe. Except among the blacks, the feminists, the academics, the government workers, the gays, and the Jews. he has no real base.


26 posted on 09/23/2011 12:52:07 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: freespirited
Mitch Daniels: Obama not a socialist

You see little guy? That is why no one in the base wanted you to run for President. You are a misinformed cuckold of a man. Now go away and see if you can do something that your wife will be happy about.

27 posted on 09/23/2011 12:54:07 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: freespirited
“At some stage I just think that if you’re interested in results you should just try to be careful to use words that don’t drive anybody away and if possible just take a chance to be more civil, more likeable than the other guy,” said Daniels, who added that he did not see Thursday’s debate.

Yeah, like when the guy introducing you at event calls a large swath of the population that oppose you S.O.B's. Is that the kind of rhetoric, Mitch, that you need to tone down and disavow? Is that what you meant?

28 posted on 09/23/2011 12:56:19 PM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: Paperdoll
I cannot think of a single Republican who would be driven away from a “contender” if he/she said Obama was a Socialist. Can you?

No. But then, if the only people who vote for you are Republicans, you lose all 57 states.

Daniels is absolutely right about the rhetoric. It feels good to say it, it fires up the base, but it does not help with the independents whose support (like it or not) is essential to anyone trying to win the office.

More importantly, there is the issue of governing after you get elected. Unless we get 60 votes in the Senate (ain't gonna happen), we're going to need some Democratic support if we really want to make big, substantive changes in how this country is run. A President who may be an ideologue but doesn't come across as one has the best chance of succeeding.

That was Obama's trick. Sure, the guy's a socialist. but he convinced voters by his demeanor and tone that he was something else. That made it tougher for us to hold the squishy RINO's like the Maine sisters. The result of that is everything we see, including ObamaCare and all this other wacky crap. To reverse that, we need to elect someone who has the right policies but knows how to sell them without looking like an ideologue to independents. And who will be able to attrack support from Senate Democrats nervous about the President's appeal to independents.

Daniels is more conservative than Romney, more electable than Perry, and doesn't alienate most independents. The left hates him because they consider him a wolf in sheep's clothing, which is exactly why he'd have been a good candidate.

Oh well.

29 posted on 09/23/2011 12:56:50 PM PDT by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: freespirited

It goes to show. Republicans inside the Beltway can’t distinguish the Washington D.C. fog around them from the blue sky beyond. It all looks the same to them.


30 posted on 09/23/2011 12:57:18 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood)
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To: freespirited

Buzzzzzzzz Wrong answer Mitch. Try again.


31 posted on 09/23/2011 12:57:28 PM PDT by ReaganBaby26 (Matthew 12:36)
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To: freespirited

The only left to say is to advice Daniels not to quit his day job.

And to think a mere month or two ago, this guy was thought of as the most even-tempered, deep thinker on this side of Obama.


32 posted on 09/23/2011 12:57:32 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: freespirited
He's not a socialist, he's an out and out marxist!
33 posted on 09/23/2011 12:57:32 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: freespirited

“Mitch Daniels: Obama not a socialist”

He’s further down the spectrum—he’s a Marxist.


34 posted on 09/23/2011 12:58:43 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: freespirited
Mitch Daniels
35 posted on 09/23/2011 12:58:59 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: central_va
Ah, never.

I think Jeff Davis may have asked his fellow Democrats to turn down their rhetoric because it might distract from their marksmanship.

36 posted on 09/23/2011 12:59:13 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: freespirited

MD is yet another RINO


37 posted on 09/23/2011 12:59:38 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: freespirited

“He also used the opportunity to warn the contenders to be more careful with their rhetoric.”

Daniels, you idiot suck up...to heck with rhetoric, his deeds speaks volumes.


38 posted on 09/23/2011 1:00:55 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Paperdoll

What he’s saying is that we shouldn’t tell the truth about 0bama because it would be “uncivil”.

This is EXACTLY the environment the left is trying to sandbag us with, and Daniels is acquiescing to it.


39 posted on 09/23/2011 1:01:02 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: freespirited
This kind of brain-dead, neo-liberal rubbish from alleged 'Republican' politicians is one reason for the TEA party. We're sick and tired of leftist 'moderate' Republican politicians that can't wait to join the Democrats and use their talking points against Republicans so they can get quoted in the New York Times and be fawned over as 'responsible' Republicans. Mitch Daniels instructing mostly 'moderate' Republican presidential wannabes to "be careful with their rhetoric" (translation: don't call Obama what he really is) is the height of arrogance from a politician who is obviously ready to switch to the Democrat party, where he belongs, but knows he's more useful to them as a 'Republican' criticizing 'other Republicans'. This is the kind of 'Republican' guys like Karl Rove want to be president. No thanks.
40 posted on 09/23/2011 1:01:21 PM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: ZULU

Goodie. As if the current RINO field needs two more RINOs.


41 posted on 09/23/2011 1:03:24 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: freespirited

Romney said it best, Mitch: Nice Try.


42 posted on 09/23/2011 1:04:55 PM PDT by tenger (It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. -Will Rogers)
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To: freespirited
“At some stage I just think that if you’re interested in results you should just try to be careful to use words that don’t drive anybody away and if possible just take a chance to be more civil, more likeable than the other guy,” said Daniels, who added that he did not see Thursday’s debate.

Thank you, 19th Amendment!

43 posted on 09/23/2011 1:05:46 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: MrB

Yes, apparently Mitch Daniels is the exception. Pure RINO!


44 posted on 09/23/2011 1:06:33 PM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE RINOs)
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To: freespirited

Now if Daniels can prove he isn’t an idiot, that might prove to be difficult.


45 posted on 09/23/2011 1:07:10 PM PDT by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons!)
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To: Jim Scott

Thank you, thank you, Jim Scott.


46 posted on 09/23/2011 1:07:22 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: freespirited

Who pulled the runts chain.


47 posted on 09/23/2011 1:07:48 PM PDT by org.whodat (so Perry's purchase price starts at $5001.00: and $29,000 , was a sell.)
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To: freespirited

Who pulled the runts chain.


48 posted on 09/23/2011 1:08:12 PM PDT by org.whodat (so Perry's purchase price starts at $5001.00: and $29,000 , was a sell.)
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To: freespirited

I agree 100% with Mitch!

BUT, my tagline still applies 100% as well...


49 posted on 09/23/2011 1:09:02 PM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: Jeff Head

Amen


50 posted on 09/23/2011 1:13:45 PM PDT by swampfox101
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