Mitch Daniels: Let’s face it, my chances of beating Obama are “quite good”

posted at 9:29 pm on May 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

Dude, I think he’s getting his game face on.

He’s … in the zone.

The Republican governor said Tuesday he was confident about his chances of beating Obama, but that’s not factoring into his deliberations on a White House run.

“I think the chances would actually be quite good,” Daniels said, speaking to reporters after giving public service awards to state employees. “The quality and the number of people who have said they’d like to be associated is really quite awesome to me.”…

“The campaign might break down because of the candidate, but it would not break down because of a lack of very credible and highly respected people from both public and private life,” Daniels said.

Political analysts keep grousing that the GOP field needs more candidates, but that’s not really true. Romney and Pawlenty are already in; Gingrich will be in by tomorrow morning. Huntsman looks like he’s serious, although I’m not quite sure why, and if I had to bet, I’d bet that Daniels is running too. And of course Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Gary “Ron Paul” Johnson are all set. The GOP doesn’t lack for candidates, it lacks for viable big-name candidates on the more conservative end of the spectrum. If neither Huckabee nor Palin jumps in — which I think is possible, albeit unlikely — then you’ll have a scrum among the centrist “managerial” candidates and a wide open field on the right. I’m not sure a Republican primary has ever faced that scenario. What would happen? Would Cain catch fire and become a first-tier candidate or would social conservatives default to Gingrich? There’s simply no way that a prominent “true conservative” would stay out if there was an opening that big among the base. I think.

Here’s Daniels on Albert Hunt’s show a few days ago. Look on the bright side, Mitch-haters: If he jumps in, he’s sure to target New Hampshire as his springboard. Which means either he or Mitt will be waving bye-bye very early in the primary process.


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Are you sure you’re prepared to answer that question, Mitch?

Maybe we should call a truce on the issue for now.

MikeknaJ on May 10, 2011 at 9:31 PM

I’m still laughing at the quote.

Does this bother anyone else?

MadisonConservative on May 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM

sigh. picture is worth a thousand words. Get Mitch a box to stand on at the debates or something.

Firefly_76 on May 10, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Heh.

terryannonline on May 10, 2011 at 9:33 PM

now I feel guilty for saying that. double-sigh.

Firefly_76 on May 10, 2011 at 9:34 PM

He’s a bad A$$! His wife says so!

WhatsRight on May 10, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Beating him at what? Checkers?

BDavis on May 10, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Maverick: Part Deux

Kini on May 10, 2011 at 9:35 PM

The man’s a gaffe machine. He’s not at the level of Joe Biden or Dan Quayle, but those guys were at least at the bottom of the ticket. This dude wants to be President and knock off an incumbent with a sycophantic media, a base comprised of mind-numbed robots and welfare cases, and a billion dollar warchest, and he’s out there saying stupid things like he’s not ready to debate Obama on foreign policy, the campaign may break down due to him, and that he needs to get his wife’s permission before running? And that’s all within the last week.

Doughboy on May 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

He even looks like McCain. I’m sure all kinds of “Republican nastiness” towards our President would be ruled “out of bounds”. From our “side”.

Marcus on May 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

These RINO’s are all the same…they will respect their opponents, but crap on their base when time comes. See “Maverick” for vivid examples!

WhatsRight on May 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Mickey Mouse has a good chance of beating Obama.

derft on May 10, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Autostart stupid.

Bishop on May 10, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Does this bother anyone else?

MadisonConservative on May 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Guilt by association? Unless Mitch himself says or does something to indicate he is antisemitic in some way, I’m not sure your link is fair.

Firefly_76 on May 10, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Please turn off the auto start on the video.

sharrukin on May 10, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Allah is just loving this…

Look on the bright side, Mitch-haters: If he jumps in, he’s sure to target New Hampshire as his springboard.

But what’s to say it won’t be Iowa?

JetBoy on May 10, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Autostart stupid.

Bishop on May 10, 2011 at 9:37 PM

And annoying

Kini on May 10, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Why does this guy want to run?

terryannonline on May 10, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Guilt by association? Unless Mitch himself says or does something to indicate he is antisemitic in some way, I’m not sure your link is fair.

Firefly_76 on May 10, 2011 at 9:38 PM

…was that the case with Barack Obama and William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and Tony Rezko?

MadisonConservative on May 10, 2011 at 9:45 PM

MadisonConservative on May 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM

See Mona Charen.

Allahpundit on May 10, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Ah grasshopper, you forgot to answer the first question! Can you win the nomination? I think you never face The One myself.

bluemarlin on May 10, 2011 at 9:45 PM

How tall is Daniels?
Newsflash, Mitch. We don’t elect men under six feet.

Lanceman on May 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM

sigh. picture is worth a thousand words. Get Mitch a box to stand on at the debates or something.

Firefly_76 on May 10, 2011 at 9:33 PM

He’s representing the ‘Lollipop Guild’.

darwin-t on May 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM

MadisonConservative on May 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM

The quality of those jew-haters is really quite awesome.

Bee on May 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Why does this guy want to run?

terryannonline on May 10, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Because the RINO establishment keeps telling his he’s great. Watch Daniels get his butt kicked in the primaries.

bw222 on May 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Mitch Daniels has a Norm MacDonald demeanor going on, here.

DaveS on May 10, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Mitch puts every Rust Belt state in play.

commodore on May 10, 2011 at 9:53 PM

These RINO’s are all the same…they will respect their opponents, but crap on their base when time comes. See “Maverick” for vivid examples!

WhatsRight on May 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Really? I guess you’re right. Here is how Mitch crapped on his base today:

Planned Parenthood of Indiana will seek a restraining order to stop the state from cutting off its government funding after Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill today that would end the flow of taxpayer dollars to the healthcare provider.

The bill is effective immediately. However, shortly after Daniels’ office announced the signing, Planned Parenthood of Indiana issued a news release saying that it, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, will file a temporary restraining order and injunction to try to prevent HEA 1210 from taking effect.

Supporters of the bill, HB1210, say they do not want their tax dollars going to an organization that provides abortions. The bill also moves the deadline for women to receive abortions to 20 weeks and mandates that doctors tell patients that abortion has been linked to infertility.

The bill will cut off about $2 million of the $3 million Planned Parenthood receives annually in government funds and make Indiana the first state to prohibit the use of Medicaid at Planned Parenthood.

Now, what were you saying about a social truce?

Bru on May 10, 2011 at 9:55 PM

What Mitch really meant to say was, “Let’s face it. The chances of my wife beating the crap out of me are quite good.”

bw222 on May 10, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Here is the link to the article I just quoted.

Bru on May 10, 2011 at 9:56 PM

He’s representing the ‘Lollipop Guild’.

darwin-t on May 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I’m so wracked with PC guilt … ROTFLMAO at this… must stop and be a better person.

Firefly_76 on May 10, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Not after the MSM gets finished smearing your wife, Mitch.

Wethal on May 10, 2011 at 9:58 PM

What would happen? Would Cain catch fire and become a first-tier candidate or would social conservatives default to Gingrich?

Uh, definitely the first one.

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Daniels should not run. He’s the opposite of impertinent and that’s the only thing which will beat Obama, who is the most impertinent person on Earth.

Unrelated, Daniels is NOT a “Jew-hater”.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2011 at 10:01 PM

I guess he is the ABP flavor of the week?

karenhasfreedom on May 10, 2011 at 10:04 PM

I think the chances would actually be quite good,” Daniels said, speaking to reporters after giving public service awards to state employees. “The quality and the number of people who have said they’d like to be associated is really quite awesome to me.”…

ROFLMAO……oh man that is rich. Obama would trounce Mitch…..ROFL…..

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 10:05 PM

I’m quite not impressed.

SouthernGent on May 10, 2011 at 10:05 PM

anyone else being put to sleep by this interview?

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Mitch puts every Rust Belt state in play.

commodore on May 10, 2011 at 9:53 PM

The South, too.

flyfisher on May 10, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Simmer down the rhetoric, Mitch.

You don’t want to alienate your moderate base.

Valiant on May 10, 2011 at 10:11 PM

For those who claim that Mitch is a “Jew Hater:”

Gov. Mitch Daniels proved himself worthy of the Man of Achievement Award he received last month from Indiana’s Anti-Defamation League. Daniels spoke out forcefully against growing anti-Semitism from “very new and strange quarters” and “the astonishing virulence and widespread nature of anti-Semitism” in accepting the award. Daniels expressed dismay that former allies of the Jewish people have gone astray. He cited the United Nations, the academic left and some in the African-American community, such as Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan, as examples of former allies against anti-Semitism who now regularly engage in “vigorous attacks” on the state of Israel. Daniels quipped that when he was a child, he and his friends went out on Halloween to collect candy while young Jewish children collected money for UNICEF, a U.N. relief organization. Now, the U.N. has become a hotbed of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiments he observes.

In listening to Gov. Daniels’ remarks, I was particularly impressed by his disregard for political correctness in this moment and willingness to speak out about what needs to be said about the problem of Muslim anti-Semitism and terrorism in this world. “And then most dangerously, a very large sector of one of the great religions of this world openly and unapologetically commit to the threatening and hoping for extinction of the state of Israel, not a fringe movement of that religion but a mainstream portion,” Daniels said. “It must be called for what it is.” Note that he goes out of his way to disabuse us of the notion spoken by so many in the mainstream media and on the Left that anti-Semitism is “not a fringe movement” but is represented by a “mainstream portion” of the Muslim community.

Gov. Daniels’ singled out Indiana’s Muslim Alliance for praise because of their immediate response condemning the terrorist attack by Maj. Hasan on his fellow Army soldiers at Ft. Hood. Daniels was less generous in his comments towards Indiana U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, one of two Muslim members of Congress. Noting the lack of universal condemnation of the attacks within the Muslim community, Daniels said, “The congressman from this district in which we are meeting dismissed [Hasan's terrorist attack] as a matter of mental illness, ignoring the fact that there was once a theory called Nazism that encouraged openly hatred of the Jewish people, and encouraged violence against the Jewish people.”

Daniels told the audience that the loss of old allies means that it is all the more important that we reach out to find new allies. Daniels expressed disappointment that so many seem willing to turn a blind eye to the growing anti-Semitism in the world today. He lauded Indiana University for its recent announcement that it is establishing the Institute for the Contemporary Study of Anti-Semitism. Indeed, about 67% of documented hate crimes in the U.S. have been committed against Americans because of their Jewish faith according to the most recent federal hate crimes statistics. There were at least 10 times as many anti-Jewish hate crime incidents or offenses in the U.S. last year compared to the number of anti-Muslim hate crime incidents or offenses. Many of the anti-Jewish hate crimes in the U.S. and elsewhere are committed by persons of Muslim faith. This past weekend, a rabbi in Vienna, Austria was savagely attacked by a Muslim man following a menorah lighting ceremony.

Bru on May 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Not sure why people hating on Mitch Daniels… He has a decent conservative record.

TimeTraveler on May 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Interview with Al hunt.

Just a candid answer he isn’t ready to debate Obama on foreign policy but he will “study up” LOL

Tax increases on the table says the Fed gov doesn’t have enough Rev. Never mentions spending cuts…

Oh god help us. thinks a flatter tax rate would give a sustain economic expansion.

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM

has no answer to his part in the bush admin responsibility for the debt.

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 10:14 PM

has no answer to his part in the bush admin responsibility for the debt.

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Yeah, but a VAT would be just the thing to repair the damage.

flyfisher on May 10, 2011 at 10:15 PM

I don’t for the life of me understand the vitriol against Gov. Daniels. His record is one of impeccable conservative governance. HE DECERTIFIED ALL PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS IN HIS FIRST YEAR OF OFFICE. What the hell more could you possibly need to prove his bona fides? Count me out of the circular firing squad. This is pathetic.

DocinPA on May 10, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Not sure why people hating on Mitch Daniels… He has a decent conservative record.

TimeTraveler on May 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Are yo kinding me. Are you watching this intervew? He just called ofr tax rev increases, closing loopholes getting mor epeople to pay taxes (i.e tax hike on the middle class) says he doesn’t want to really talk about his bush years instead wants to look into the future, says he is not ready to debate Obama on foreign policy but promises to “study up” on the issues. all deliveried in a tone of voice that could out an A.D.D. kid to sleep. and that was just in the first six minutes. I had to take a break and get some caffine to continue the interview…

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Not sure why people hating on Mitch Daniels…

TimeTraveler on May 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Going on general info and a gut feeling, he doesn’t have “it”.

Fallon on May 10, 2011 at 10:19 PM

oh thank god the interview is over. It hought it was going to be an early night for me.

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Mitch puts every Rust Belt state in playto sleep.

commodore on May 10, 2011 at 9:53 PM

FIFY

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Yeah, but a VAT would be just the thing to repair the damage.

flyfisher on May 10, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Yeah and add an oil import tax too! that’s the ticket….

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 10:22 PM

What would happen?

Wait for the State Run Media and Political Elite Ruling Class to tell us who to vote for…

… Do I have to do all the thinking around here?

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 10, 2011 at 10:22 PM

I still am not quite sure he is running yet!..But It would be good if he did!..The more the merrier!..:)

Dire Straits on May 10, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Not sure why people hating on Mitch Daniels… He has a decent conservative record.

TimeTraveler on May 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Limbaugh has been telling people they aren’t supposed to like him.

DaveS on May 10, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Well, Meredith and MJBrutus endorse him, and that’s enough for me…to run as fast as I can in the other direction.

kingsjester on May 10, 2011 at 10:26 PM

See Mona Charen.

Allahpundit on May 10, 2011 at 9:45 PM

AP…..Okay on one hand he says all the right things in a speech, then on the other hand he accepts an award from “notorious Jew hater” Zogby, and the American Arab Institute

Consider me confused.

tencole on May 10, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Limbaugh has been telling people they aren’t supposed to like him.

DaveS on May 10, 2011 at 10:25 PM

nah we just watch the interview posted by Allah of Al Hunt and mitch took about 6 mins for me to know he wasn’t someone I could vote for.

unseen on May 10, 2011 at 10:40 PM

The anti Daniels “conservatives” are ridiculous.

The guy is the real deal.

therightwinger on May 10, 2011 at 10:41 PM

MITCH 2012………..means JEB 2016!!!

at least he’ll take Mitt out.

PappyD61 on May 10, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Kansas City Royals: Let’s face it, our chances of winning the World Series are “quite good”.

Mr. Wednesday Night on May 10, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Limbaugh has been telling people they aren’t supposed to like him.

DaveS on May 10, 2011 at 10:25 PM

I don’t need the Limbaughs, or Mark Levin or any other prominent conservative to tell me not to like him…..I can do that on my own.
I don’t care for his immigration stance….for one.

But more important, I don’t think he has “stomach” to take Obama out. Obama doesn’t play nice nor does he play fair.

Daniels has neither the attitude/personality, the gravitas/confidence, nor…and I hate to say this….the stature to scare Obama and his handlers…..he can’t even make them nervous.

Call me superficial…I don’t care.
I made the mistake once voting for John McCain…..I will never to THAT again.

tencole on May 10, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Kansas City Royals: Let’s face it, our chances of winning the World Series are “quite good”.

Mr. Wednesday Night on May 10, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Better yet…

Chicago Cubbies: Let’s face it, our chances of wining the World Series are “quite good”.

tencole on May 10, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Mr. Wednesday Night: Let’s face it, my chances of dating Scarlett Johansson are “quite good”.

Mr. Wednesday Night on May 10, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Let’s face it, my chances of beating Obama are “quite good”

And then he wakes up…

Gohawgs on May 10, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Why in the world would social conservatives ‘default to Gingrich’? We are talking about Newt Gingrich, right? Newt Gingrich, the only public figure I know who blames his moral lapses and hypocrisy on a surfeit of patriotism? That Newt Gingrich? Give me a break.

Personally, I believe in redemption. I believe over time and with enormous spiritual effort we can change, become different and better. However, personal transformation also requires ruthless self-honesty, humility: we own up to the rotten things we have done, the harm we have caused to others, and we do so without rationalizing or minimizing or making excuses–you know, kinda sorta the opposite of what Gingrich does and says.

troyriser_gopftw on May 10, 2011 at 11:03 PM

At this point the stupid party looks like even they can pull of a win when facing off against “let’s shove hand grenades up are butts, pull the pins and see what happens” party. Suggesting Tax on mileage alone is a suicide move. Gas prices going up and up? Oh yeah, put a fork in them, they are done

I am enjoying watching the Dems slit their own throat with absurd crap they propose daily. The worse things look for them, the more they believe their water carriers spin, the more ludicrous ideas they push publically. Oh yes, 2012 will make 2010 look like a slap on the wrist to Democrats. This is not the choir preaching to you, this is the voice of a former life long Dem. This is a Democrat implosion that is highly entertaining and so long over due

Niteowl45 on May 10, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Didn’t Mitch play the bad guy in Road House… or was that Ben Gazzara?

phreshone on May 10, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Simmer down the rhetoric, Mitch.

You don’t want to alienate your moderate base.

Valiant on May 10, 2011 at 10:11 PM

lol

Elisa on May 10, 2011 at 11:35 PM

The liberals have already set a marker that if Daniels runs, they’re going to target his marriage and how his wife left him and her four kids.

And on terms of optics alone, I don’t see how a short White guy that looks like the Simpson’s Mr. Burns could do well standing next to Obama.

OxyCon on May 10, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Wait- so Mitch Daniels is a know-nothing idiot, but Sarah Palin is a genius?

TheBlueSite on May 10, 2011 at 11:42 PM

I’m getting a baaaad feeling.

Here in NJ by the time we had our primary in June, the choices left were Romney or McCain. If something similar happens again next year, I may cry.

I’m down to Herman Cain, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann (who I don’t see really running)

I will accept Pawlenty.

No one else who is is running and is conservative will win in general.

Once Daniels gets the nomination, the press will have a field day with him.

The ones I like keep dropping like flies.

I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop with Cain. Right now he is my top pick.

Elisa on May 10, 2011 at 11:42 PM

Elisa on May 10, 2011 at 11:42 PM

The reason I’m getting so upset is because so much is on the line with this election. We can’t take any chances with our nominee.

I’m 51 and have been a political junkie since high school. So many of my candidates have lost in primaries or in the general elections.

Yet 2008 was the first election night I ever actually cried. I didn’t even cry when Clinton won.

I don’t know how I will handle it if Obama gets reelected.

The Republican Party better wake up, and the RINOS and country club types better back up the tea party this year. They have the message the country wants this year. Even Independents want strong opposition to Obama, leadership and conservative policies that will bring us jobs.

Elisa on May 10, 2011 at 11:48 PM

There’s no possible way Palin, Cain, or Bachmann could get even remotely close to beating Obama. Not a change in the universe, no matter how bad the economy is in 2012. Neither Palin or Bachmann could make any headway with independents and Cain has no experience in politics which will hurt him.

TheBlueSite on May 10, 2011 at 11:50 PM

and Cain has no experience in politics which will hurt him.

TheBlueSite on May 10, 2011 at 11:50 PM

You are wrong there. Maybe another year. But this year the top issue with voters (Dems, Reps and Independents) will be JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. And the economy.

They will love Cain when it comes to that.

The general public is sick to death of Washington and both parties.

They want someone who lives in the real world.

And they are looking for leadership. That is Cain is a leader.

Palin would also be a good leader, if she could possibly get past the hole the media has dug for her and the RINOS allowed.

Cain would be an easier road to victory than Palin.

Elisa on May 10, 2011 at 11:56 PM

And Palin has been ultra vetted. No surprises.

Elisa on May 10, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Cain would def have an easier time…MUCH MUCH easier than Palin or Bachmann- but he’d have a long way to go to even look presidential with most people.

TheBlueSite on May 11, 2011 at 12:08 AM

Cain would be an easier road to victory than Palin.

I’ve seen some of Cain’s speeches; or rather, some lengthy excerpts of his speeches and town hall discussions. Admittedly, I am not an expert on all things Herman Cain or–truthfully–anything Herman Cain, but I watched him talk. Cain’s delivery lacks polish, his arguments lack depth. Unless aliens invade or the zombie apocalypse finally arrives, Cain would be trounced by Barack Obama–whose paper-thin resume in 2008 was more substantive than Cain’s is now. I frankly don’t understand all of the enthusiasm he’s generating.

Could Sarah Palin win if she runs? I can hope, I guess, but I have my doubts she can overcome the negatives. Even some Republicans are echoing the agitprop that’s been generated against her since the last presidential election. Is there a way to go through and around an overwhelmingly hostile media to reach and sway independent voters? If Palin can figure that one out, she has a chance.

troyriser_gopftw on May 11, 2011 at 12:19 AM

I agree Palin’s ceiling is much lower than Cain’s, but Cain is a relatively unknown. There could be a shoe that drops. And another and another…

Take this post, for example. Daniels is a great candidate, on many people’s watch list, except now he keeps opening his mouth.

For another example, consider Palin. She could have been anything in August of ’08, as far as we knew. If she was a typical politician, paradoxically, she would be VP now. (Assuming any Rep could have won after the bank collapse.) You just can’t be sure until they’re vetted and take fair and unfair criticism.

HitNRun on May 11, 2011 at 12:28 AM

. . . Cain’s delivery lacks polish, his arguments lack depth. Unless aliens invade or the zombie apocalypse finally arrives, Cain would be trounced by Barack Obama–whose paper-thin resume in 2008 was more substantive than Cain’s is now. . . .

troyriser_gopftw on May 11, 2011 at 12:19 AM

I don’t care about polish, I care about real leadership, intelligence, effectiveness and someone who doesn’t just talk. And the general public will be looking for that as well this year. JOBS are key and he knows real world jobs. But I think he is polished in a different way and he is mature and unflappable with a charm and sense of humor.

I disagree about his answers lacking depth. What other candidates have detailed depth in their answers during an election? He has common sense and good judgment. Like Reagan and Palin.

I dont know if there will be any surprises to turn me off him in the future. Need to see more.

Are you kidding me about his resume? I can’t think of a single Presidential candidate (Republican or Democrat) who had a thinner resume than Obama.

Just Cain’s Navy experience alone or his first job at Coca Cola alone is more than Obama had. Obama was a joke. He was “clean and articulate,” to quote his VP.

This is Cain’s resume from Wikipedia:

He is a former deputy chairman (1992–94) and chairman (1995–96) of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Before his business and economics career he worked on ballistics for the United States Navy. . . .

After completing his master’s degree from Purdue, Cain left the Department of the Navy and began working for Coca-Cola as a business analyst. In 1977, he joined Pillsbury where he rose to the position of vice president by the early 1980s. He left his executive post to work for Burger King – a Pillsbury subsidiary at the time – managing 400 stores in the Philadelphia area. Under Cain’s leadership, his region went from the least profitable for Burger King to the most profitable in three years. This prompted Pillsbury to appoint him president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, another of their then-subsidiaries. Within 14 months, Cain had returned Godfather’s to profitability. In 1988, Cain and a group of investors bought Godfather’s from Pillsbury. Cain continued as CEO until 1996, when he resigned to become CEO of the National Restaurant Association – a trade group and lobby organization for the restaurant industry – where he had previously been chairman concurrently with his role at Godfather’s.

(end of excerpt)

Also been a talk show host and columnist.

Elisa on May 11, 2011 at 12:41 AM

I agree Palin’s ceiling is much lower than Cain’s, but Cain is a relatively unknown. There could be a shoe that drops. And another and another… . . . .

. . . . . You just can’t be sure until they’re vetted and take fair and unfair criticism.

HitNRun on May 11, 2011 at 12:28 AM

I agree with you. It’s very scary what is going on. Here we are a year and a half away and our choices are getting slimmer and slimmer.

Elisa on May 11, 2011 at 12:43 AM

from Business Week

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=638159&ticker=WHR:US&previousCapId=314515&previousTitle=WHIRLPOOL%20CORP

Mr. Herman Cain is the Founder of T.H.E. New Voice Inc., and has been its Chairman of the Board since 2004 and Chief Executive Officer and President since 1996. Mr. Cain served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Digital Restaurant Solutions since July 1999. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc. from 1988 to December 1996 and its President since 1986. He served as Chief Executive Officer and President of National Restaurant … Association from December 1996 to June 1999. From 1977 to 1988, he joined Pillsbury Company and served as its Vice President of Corporate Systems and Services and served there in Senior position until 1982. He began work at Pillsbury’s Burger King Division in 1982. Nine months later, he managed 400 Burger King Units in the Philadelphia region, AGCO Corp.’s poorest performer. in 1988, he led his Executive team in a buyout of AGCO Corp. from Pillsbury. Mr. Cain started his career at the Department of the U.S. Navy, as a Mathematician. Upon completion of his work with the U.S. Navy, he served as a Business Analyst of The Coca-Cola Company. He served as the Chairman of The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 1995 to 1996. He served as Chairman of New Voice, where he developed the organization into a pro-business voice through national debates and speeches concerning healthcare reform, employment policies and taxation. From 1994 to 1995, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Restaurant Association. In 1999, Mr. Cain sought to leverage his restaurant experience with the technology market and he became CEO and President of Retail DNA. Mr. Cain has been Director of Whirlpool Corp. since April 2005. He has been a Director of Aquila Inc. since 1992 and also serves as its Lead Independent Director. He serves as a Director of Hallmark Cards Inc., Godfather’s Pizza, Inc. and Retail DNA. He serves as a Director of UtiliCorp. United Inc., a subsidiary of Utilicorp Canada Finance Corp. He serves as Director of Bell Research Companies, Inc. Mr. Cain served as a Director of AGCO Corp. from December 20, 2004 to March 17, 2011. He served as a Director of Nabisco Holdings Corp. since 1995, National Restaurant Association (NRA) since 1988, Reader’s Digest Association Inc. since June 2001 and Whirlpool Corp. from 1992 to December 2003. He served as a Director of Nabisco Inc. of Nabisco Holdings Corp. He served as a Member of The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City since 1992. He then became a senior advisor to the 1996 Dole/Kemp campaign for the Presidency. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Morehouse College. He was appointed to serve on the U.S. Economic Growth and Tax Reform Commission. Mr. Cain is a National Keynote Speaker. He has authored four books to date on topics ranging from leadership to self­empowerment including Leadership is Common Sense and Chief Executive Officer of Self. He is a radio talk show host on “The Herman Cain Show” out of Atlanta´s WSB 750 AM and is a FOX News Business Commentator. As a Motivational Speaker, he frequently speaks before the national and local media on topics of fiscal public policy, and he has authored three books on topics ranging from leadership to self-empowerment. He was the 1991 recipient of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s Operator of the Year/Gold Plate Award. In 2004, he sought the Republican nomination for the United States Senate from Georgia. He had received eight honorary doctorate degrees from Morehouse College, New York City Technical College, Suffolk University, Johnson & Wales University, Creighton University, Purdue University, Tougaloo College and the University of Nebraska. Mr. Cain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College in 1967 and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University.

Elisa on May 11, 2011 at 12:45 AM

Question

I think Cain worked for the Department of Navy as a mathemetician, but I don’t think he was enlisted.

Is that right? I don’t think he is a veteran.

Elisa on May 11, 2011 at 1:25 AM

This guy is a slightly more attractive candidate relative to…Schmuckabee.

And I hate that tax-and-spend, soft-on-crime nanny stater.

radioboyatl on May 11, 2011 at 3:07 AM

I have been relatively happy with Daniels as my governor although I expect Mike Pence to be awesome. But being relatively happy with a governor doesn’t translate into support for said governor to become president. I see him as too ready to compromise on issues for which there can be no compromise. As stated by an earlier poster, I voted for McCain once. No reason to do so again.

SKYFOX on May 11, 2011 at 6:24 AM

How tall is Daniels?
Newsflash, Mitch. We don’t elect men under six feet.

Lanceman on May 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Oh, that is sooooo true. Right on.

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Pluses for Daniels: going after the unions via decertification,moving some parts of State government to the private sector, being a penny-pincher. All of those good things, very good things.

Minuses: VAT supporter, immigration squish, and can’t figure out that he needs to get the OK of his wife BEFORE he says anything about intentions to run. Those are bad, very bad. The cart-horse order agreement problem on what to announce is horrific… if he can’t figure out what is required in his private life to enter the arena, then he has got something wrong in his outlook, and may be seeking public pressure to put on his wife… I’m not saying that is the case but that is the order of events, you make of them what you will.

I like the pluses – anyone willing to say that parts of government don’t need to be run by government and can be better served by private citizens is all to the good. Going after the PEUs is most excellent, but already half to three-quarters done in the federal government. A cost cutter is nice, but we need more than a few functions handed over to the private sector, we need them entirely removed from the public so they can not come back.

I will not support anyone who wants to put us on the road to European style stealth taxation via a VAT tax. He can pound sand on that. The ability of government to just raise more revenue, endlessly, via a VAT finally puts the entire Nation at risk as endlessly is not forever and Europe is running to the end of its endless VAT tax and the results aren’t pretty.

ajacksonian on May 11, 2011 at 7:27 AM

Just Cain’s Navy experience alone or his first job at Coca Cola alone is more than Obama had. Obama was a joke. He was “clean and articulate,” to quote his VP.

This is Cain’s resume from Wikipedia:

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Also been a talk show host and columnist.

Elisa on May 11, 2011 at 12:41 AM

..excellent point about polish versus actual accomplishments — but I hope Mr Cain’s pants are creased for George Will’s sake.

On a tangential subject: the dirty little secret is that — despite his billion dollar war chest — Obama may be very “de-electable”. His favorability ratings are largely due to the Bradley Effect and, while he might have had a small bump for his “gutsy” call (if I hear that phrase one more time from the MSM), it came far too soon.

Plus, it will be drowned out by the deafening drum beat of his demonstrated incompetence, indecisiveness, and the fact that 62% of the public think this guy is a walking stink bomb when it comes to handling the economy.

The War Planner on May 11, 2011 at 7:45 AM

I agree Palin’s ceiling is much lower than Cain’s, but Cain is a relatively unknown. There could be a shoe that drops. And another and another…

HitNRun on May 11, 2011 at 12:28 AM

..Whether Cain gets the nomination or not, like The Donald, his campaign is of great benefit because he is/ be taking it to Obama and maybe it will cause Mitch, Mittens, and Gingrich to grow a pair and do the same. Unlike The Donald, he is more of a businessman than flamboyant self-promoter.

Our battle will be against that insufferable, incompetent Pantload in the WH. Now the Dems have to defend him and his stinking, rotting pile of crap “accomplishments”..

..like torpedoing this economy.

The War Planner on May 11, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Not sure why people hating on Mitch Daniels… He has a decent conservative record.

TimeTraveler on May 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM

I don’t get it either. The comments section reads like Huffpo around here these days. This kind of nastiness is not what I would usually associate with conservatives.

Murf76 on May 11, 2011 at 8:02 AM

The Democrats want the Republicans to run a Bush retread?

Dr Evil on May 11, 2011 at 8:49 AM

I don’t want a VAT tax, that’s why. VAT started out small in Europe to cure ills. It became this savage beast that just grew and grew and grew. When in doubt increase the VAT, duh!

I also question this egotistical Napoleon. ST00pid, your old lady leaves you with the 4 kiddies to marry some smuck in Ca. She’s got to be unstable because no one in their right mind can leave their 4 children behind. And you have the temerity, Napoleon, to subject your wife, who you are supposed to love, to the rabid media? Who do you care about Daniels, your ego or your wife? It’s true, short people got no reason!

Jayrae on May 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Mr. Weak

wraithby on May 11, 2011 at 11:47 AM