Video: Daniels endorses Romney

posted at 10:26 am on April 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The GOP consolidation in the wake of Rick Santorum’s withdrawal continues today, this time live on Fox News as Mitch Daniels finally endorses Mitt Romney. In their exclusive interview, Daniels focuses mostly on Barack Obama and his economic policies. Daniels starts off with a self-deprecating joke that “it must be a slow news day” if this gets live-air treatment:


Daniels said, “He’s already won our nomination, he earned it. He’s proven himself the best nominee we could put forward. I’m just happy to sign on and help him.”

He later blasted the president’s economic policies, including the proposed Buffett rule, saying that the country needs leadership that will unite us. “That’s why I am for Mitt Romney, who will try to gather us together and quit trying to drive wedges between us,” said Daniels.

This isn’t exactly a tough interview. In fact, it sounds a lot like a tryout for the #2 position on the ticket, which Daniels’ public announcement could be. Romney could do worse, too, than to pick a Midwestern governor with a good reputation among fiscal conservatives and a record of reform. Daniels didn’t take the bait when asked directly whether he’d join the ticket if asked, saying that he’d be happy to be “a number 22″ or whatever the Romney campaign wants him to be to help win the election. Let the speculation begin!

A better question will be whether this helps accelerate Republican cohesion. It certainly doesn’t hurt, but it’s probably less impactful than if Daniels had endorsed earlier in the race. At this stage, the endorsement looks more like a unifying effort than a specific endorsement. That could change if Daniels hits the road and starts campaigning for Romney, though. Fiscal conservatives who remain leery of Romney might feel more enthused if Daniels makes the argument for Mitt in the weeks between now and the convention. They may feel even more enthused if they believe that Daniels will have a significant role in a Romney administration.


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FEEL THE PASSION.

FEEL IT!!

Good Lt on April 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

… as he dismounts his white horse …

gatorboy on April 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Another emdorsement for the nominee- I wonder what that Gingrich fellow is up to these days.

BettyRuth on April 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Slow news day? I think not. Obama ate dog. Don’t believe it? Hear it in his own words here.

bloggless on April 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

And it’s an eNdorsement, too.

BettyRuth on April 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Shocker.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM


Obama ate dog.

Please! Someone put that on a bumper sticker.

BettyRuth on April 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Ah, the coveted “Mitch Daniels endorsement after everyone else has left the race” award.

rbj on April 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I wonder what that Gingrich fellow is up to these days.

BettyRuth on April 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Living in a padded cell perhaps?

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

A question you will not hear asked to Obama: Mr President, you stated that you consumed dog meat away from the dinner table – how was the pooch prepared? Slow roasted? Grilled? Raw?

gatorboy on April 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Another emdorsement for the nominee- I wonder what that Gingrich fellow is up to these days.

BettyRuth on April 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Palling around with a borderline psychotic ex-gubernatorial candidate in Western New York.

http://online.wsj.com/article/APc23a5db4d7ff44b1b51b628864eb7830.html

Red Cloud on April 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

(Romney) / NUGENT 2012!

Pork-Chop on April 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Obama ate dog.

Please! Someone put that on a bumper sticker.

BettyRuth on April 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I prefer:

It’s an Obama Eat Dog world.

Doughboy on April 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Obama ate the left side of Daniels face.

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Dog to Obama: Eat me!

Archivarix on April 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

He’s also announcing his preference for Reagan over John Anderson.

mankai on April 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

On a side note, during his segment, the sales of NO-DOZE
spiked to levels not likely to be seen until…later this
Summer during the Republican Convention…

ToddPA on April 18, 2012 at 10:42 AM

In other news.
The American Kennel Club also endorsed Mitt Romney.
A spokesman said “As dog lovers we cannot endorse a man who eat such majestic and wonderful animals.”

NeoKong on April 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Yawn!

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

On a side note, during his segment, the sales of NO-DOZE
spiked to levels not likely to be seen until…later this
Summer during the Republican Convention…

ToddPA on April 18, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Unless they let Sarah speak on primetime.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Obama ate dog.

Please! Someone put that on a bumper sticker.

BettyRuth on April 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Thank you Team Romney for 1) Rolling out Ann without a moment to lose and 2) Responding so nicely to Barking-gate!

Already, we see HUGE differences from Team McCain.

rhombus on April 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM

If you look at websites where Trucons hang out (besides here), you’ll see that although they insist they will never vote for Romney, many really are slobbering for a TruCon on the ticket. No way is Mitch Daniels going to satisfy. Besides, do we really want to dig into this guy’s personal life or more specifically his wife’s personal life? Of course will happen.

rhombus on April 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM

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Norwegian on April 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Obama ate dog. Don’t believe it? Hear it in his own words here.

bloggless

Just WOW.
To hear his words so easily spoken, Of all the things he does covertly and this,”dog meat..a little tough” he throws out there so cavalierly.

He truly doesn’t understand “American” thinking -vs- a “3rd-world experience”.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Obama ate dog.

Please! Someone put that on a bumper sticker.

BettyRuth on April 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

While living in Indonesia, Obama loved to Wok the dog.

portlandon on April 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

A better question will be whether this helps accelerate Republican cohesion. It certainly doesn’t hurt, but it’s probably less impactful than if Daniels had endorsed earlier in the race.

Of course it doesn’t hurt. Why even put that thought out there? And having good solid fiscal cons endorse him day after day is working out just fine.

At this stage, the endorsement looks more like a unifying effort than a specific endorsement.

Ah, I get it. No endorsements from this moment on are endorsement endorsements./

Buy Danish on April 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Unless they let Sarah speak on primetime.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Alas, I don’t think that will be happening….

Now if she would’ve been speaking as the nominee…well
can you say Ratings record?

She did not run, so here I am, yet again uninspired…
I am waiting to see if Romney surprises me and puts
forth some energy, initiative, and overall excitement
for the convention, or is he going to be another Dole, McCain
and button down the enthusiasm??

ToddPA on April 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Alas, I don’t think that will be happening….

Now if she would’ve been speaking as the nominee…well
can you say Ratings record?

She did not run, so here I am, yet again uninspired…
I am waiting to see if Romney surprises me and puts
forth some energy, initiative, and overall excitement
for the convention, or is he going to be another Dole, McCain
and button down the enthusiasm??

ToddPA on April 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

probably. sigh…

Sachiko on April 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

WOW! Now I’m really excited! If this doesn’t get you fired up I don’t know what will.

TruLevinian on April 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM

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Norwegian on April 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Well put.

GeorgiaBuckeye on April 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Mitch and Rob think Mitt is dreamy. Watch out Ann! They want your man!

Mr. Joe on April 18, 2012 at 12:21 PM

We’re typically pretty conservative here in the Hoosier state. I’m sure that’s why Mitch was so slow to get on the Romney bandwagon. Mitch Daniels would make a better President than a V.P. but I hope he does find a cabinet post or other position within a Romney administration.

HoosierStateofMind on April 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Another Republican governor proving he’s a Republican über alles. Who is surprised by this?

swinia sutki on April 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Romney/Daniels 2012?…

jimver on April 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Mitch Daniels with McCain cutting ads for Obama’s favorite Republican Lugar.. WTF??????? Lugar, really a Democrat, doesn’t even LIVE IN INDIANA!!
Daniels has NO credibility.

reshas1 on April 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

If that’s the ticket, I’m definitely voting 3rd party

AH_C on April 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM