VP not out of the question for DanielsDecember 21st, 2011 at 6:26 pm by Jim Shella under Jim Shella's Political Blog
Occupants of the governor’s office always have a limited engagement. 2012 will be the last year that Mitch Daniels will occupy room 206 in the Statehouse. When asked if he will approach it differently, he says, “Gonna try not to. Gonna use every single day.”
In fact the governor keeps a countdown clock on his desk telling him down to the minute how much time remains before the next governor moves in. He has already begun writing his final State of the State address. “It needs work,” he says. When asked if he approach that differently, he pauses. “Um, only a little bit,” says Daniels. “I’ll have to take note of the fact it’s the last time they’ll have to listen to me and I have a couple thank you’s to say since it’s my last chance to do it that way.”
While he concentrates on the task at hand there will be talk about what comes next. He’s ruled out a run for President but what about Vice President? Is that out of the question? “I don’t know,” the governor answers. “I’ve always felt that no citizen should say in advance if asked to serve, I won’t.”
And while Daniels is quick to list his accomplishments it’s too early in his mind to talk about a legacy. “I’ve just banned the L word around here,” he says. “I don’t want anybody else using it because I think it’s backward looking. Once again. I want everybody looking forward.”
And the clock is ticking.
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