The White House expects Jon Huntsman, the U.S. Ambassador to China, to resign his post this spring to explore a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, top Democrats said.
GOP allies of Huntsman have already begun laying plans for a quick-start campaign should the former Utah governor decide to enter the ill-defined Republican field.
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I don't really see another rich Mormon doing very well running for President – especially since he has been part of the Obama Administration.
Looks like the political consultants have found another cash cow who covets the White House
Leaders of more than 70 Tea Party groups in Indiana gathered last weekend to sign a proclamation saying they would all support one candidate — as yet undetermined — in a primary challenge to Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Republican who has represented the state since 1977.
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If Tea Party activists can agree on one GOP/Tea Party challenger to Sen. Lugar he is gone.
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Senior Dominique White, right, chats with Gov. Mitch Daniels during the two-term Republican’s visit Thursday to Thea Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary
A new straw poll of Washington state Republicans preferred Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) with two-to-one over all other potential Republican presidential candidates.
Daniels had 31 percent of those surveyed in the poll conducted by the Washington GOP during their annual Roanoke Conference.
That’s more than twice the level of support won by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney won 14 percent of support, while former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty won 13 percent.
More than a dozen other potential GOP candidates — including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour — failed to break double digits in the poll.
In the Pacific West, Republicans want competence, experience and ideology. In Mitch Daniels they have all three – and certainly a recent record of accomplishment in Indiana.
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Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., left, and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels speak about Indiana’s fiscal health as the two meet in the governor’s office at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 10, 2011
Now, that GOP Rep. Mike Pence has decided against running for the Presidency in 2012 (Pence will likely run for Indiana Governor, since Mitch Daniels is term limited out of running for re-election), Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he will make up his mind soon about a possible race for the White House.
“I think I have got to make up my mind fairly soon,” Daniels told The Times Editorial Board Thursday during a visit to Northwest Indiana.
“I don’t think that I’ve waited too long, but I believe I should come to some decision. There are a lot of people waiting and I owe them an answer.
“The country is facing survival-level problems.”
Daniels questions whether any new president could replicate nationwide the successes he’s enjoyed as Indiana governor, upgrading the license branches of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles or the state prisons of the Indiana Department of Correction.
“I’d love to tell you we could fix (those) the way we fixed the BMV, the way we fixed corrections, but I think I would be kidding you. But in terms of better stewardship of public money, I think (the next president) could make a difference,” Daniels said.
He said the president needs the power of impoundment — refusal to spend all the money the Congress budgets. He said as governor he has used impoundment to cut state spending and avert a billion-dollar deficit that would have taken place if the state had gone ahead with the General Assembly’s spending goals, which were based on overly optimistic tax revenue projections.
Daniels said he is optimistic his goals for school and local government reform will be achieved through new legislation now brewing in the legislature as his term as governor comes to a close next year.
Mitch Daniels would make a formidable candidate against President Obama. His Midwestern roots and political experience, plus accomplishments would play well in the 10 or so key battleground states, including Indiana, Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida and North Carolina.
Would Daniels be able to win the GOP nomination?
Yes, but he must begin NOW to build name identification in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
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