Mitch Daniels says he is good friends with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and hopes he runs for president — sometime. The Indiana governor also told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Monday the fact that several Republican Party regulars have pressed Christie to enter the presidential race shows that some are not satisfied with the present GOP field.
“I hope he runs sometime — It’s entirely up to him and his family — I was very careful,” Daniels said. “We know each other I think pretty well — we’re good buds.
Cavuto asked Daniels — who earlier in the year considered his own presidential run — whether GOP overtures to Christie were indicative of dissatisfaction with those who have already decided to seek the nomination, and whether he shares the sentiment.
“I’m sure for some, that’s their reason — yes,” Daniels said. “I think we have got some really good people running. I think there are several there who would make good presidents and could win the election.
“I have got some views about how I hope they will go about that, and how I hope they will level with the American people, and be very specific about the kind of things we have to do to get out of it,” he said. “But there’s some perfectly capable people already in the field.”
Cavuto noted Daniels had hinted that too many candidates are focusing on social issues and whether the Indiana governor believes that it detracts from the Republicans’ winning issue, which is the faltering economy.
“Sort of. You know, a year ago, I just said that the fiscal and financial problems facing this country ought to reunite every one of us as Americans — it threatens everyone in this country, and time is very short,” Daniels said. “And I just believe that facing a threat of that dimension, we ought to emphasize that make that our first priority.”
Cavuto then asked Daniels if he feels so strongly about the problems facing America, why did he pull out of the race and whether he would consider taking the vice-presidential spot on a GOP ticket.
“Well, there was a little election in my family, and that idea lost,” Daniels said, adding that he hasn’t asked him wife and daughter whether they were agreeable for him to take the number two slot. “Well, I haven’t asked them that question — and I wouldn’t ask them such a question without a reason — which I don’t expect to happen.
“Well, let me just say that I try to deal in the here and now,” he said. “I have got plenty of issues in front of me that are very real — and that one is not.”
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