American Enterprise Institute,  Mitch Daniels,  President 2012

President 2012: Mitch Daniels at AEI Today Talking Education

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

Mitch Daniels does AEI (American Enterprise Institute) today.

The 2012 buzzards are circling over a number of potential candidates in light of a GOP field thats currently failing to impress either side of the aisle. Looking past the been there, done that
candidates, many are anxiously watching to see which fresh names may be  up for the political version of the Boston Marathon. And that gaze is  clearly turned toward the Republican governor who famously declared last year that a truce on social issues would be needed to turn due attention to the economic crisis.

Indiana’s Governor Mitch Daniels said he would announce his  presidential intentions after his states legislative session closed on Friday. Since then, no word, but speculation aplenty. Daniels, who was  budget director for the first part of the George W. Bush administration, said Tuesday that he has chatted with his former boss about a potential run for the Oval Office. Would I like to? No, Daniels said when asked on Fox whether hed like to run. What sane person would like to? But still, no announcement.

Daniels comes to AEI tomorrow to talk education reforms specifically, his scorecard for the 2011 legislative session. As the Weekly Standard notes, Daniels aims to take the initiatives beyond even that accomplished in  Florida by Jeb Bush (vouchers, greater accountability, merit pay).

The pundits will be looking for clues in his speech. But, time is running anyway – fish or cut bait, governor.

In the meantime, Mkhe Huckabee’s HuckPAC is having a fundraiser in D.C..

The livestream form the AEI is here at 12:30 PM Eastern.