Indiana GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels, who has been mentioned as a possible running mate for presidential nominee Mitt Romney, says he’s “pretty sure” he’s not being considered for the slot.
Asked by Bret Baier of Fox News how he knows that he’s not on Romney’s short list, Daniels responded, “Let's just say that I have strong confidence that the nation will not face that problem,” according to The Hill
Baier followed up, “So you're not being vetted?” Daniels’ response: “Well, you wouldn't know if you were, but I'm pretty sure no.”
Daniels reiterated his call for a truce on social issues in the interview, a stance that may not endear him to the conservatives Romney must inspire to win the election.
“I think when we've got an emergency [the country’s debt burden] that threatens us all — rich, poor, across every boundary that might otherwise divide us, we ought to concentrate on that,” he said. “That’s our common enemy, therefore our common opportunity . . . We ought not let other honest disagreements get in the way until we've dealt with that.”
When Baier asked whether that stance will hurt his chances of becoming Romney’s running mate, Daniels said, "Well, fortunately for us all, we're never going to know . . . That's not going to happen — the national ticket you hypothesize."
Daniels sees a chance for a bipartisan agreement on tax reform. “Tax reform is very exciting to me because many Democrats agree,” he said. “Lower rates, along with fewer loopholes and exemptions, have been proven as a job creation strategy.”
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