On Friday, September 23, 2011, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters.
Mitchell Elias "Mitch" Daniels, Jr. is the 49th and current Governor of
the U.S. state of Indiana. A Republican, he began his first four-year
term as governor on January 10, 2005, and was elected to his second term
by an 18-point margin on November 4, 2008. Previously, he was the
Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under George W.
Bush. He was formerly Senior Vice President of Eli Lilly and Company,
Indiana's largest corporation, where he was in charge of the
corporation's business strategy. Daniels was widely speculated to be a
candidate for President of the United States in 2012 before choosing not
Mitch Daniels is the 49th governor of the state of Indiana (R) and the author of the current best-selling book, Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans. As governor, he led Indiana to its first balanced budget in eight years and transformed a $700 million deficit into an annual surplus of $370 million. He also presided over record-breaking investment and job growth and earned Indiana, which now ranks near the top of every national ranking of business attractiveness, its first ever AAA credit rating. Daniels’s other accomplishments include the lease of the Indiana Toll Road, the largest privatization of public infrastructure in the United States to date; the creation of the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide health care coverage for uninsured Hoosier adults; a sweeping property tax reform in 2008 that resulted in the biggest tax cut in Indiana history; and the most expansive education reforms in the country in 2011.
After giving credit to President Obama for his work on education, foreign policy and devotion to his family, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels criticized the president for having "just the wrong set of biases" and "inhabits a different planet" on jobs and the economy.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said a weak economy may make it possible for any Republican presidential nominee "who breathes and speaks English" to win the presidency, but that wouldn't be enough. The GOP needs a campaign platform that is bold, clear and unifying enough to enact "major changes" when they get to Washington.
Speaking of his book, "Keeping the Republic," Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said that in the face of the nation's massive political and economic challenges, the US' most pressing question is: "Is our democracy up to this?"