The Herd: A Look at The Republican Vice Presidential Candidates. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

Bookmark and Share   The Herd is a special White House 2012 series covering the obvious and not so obvious potential choices to be selected as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.  Each day, White House 2012 will introduce you to one the many Republicans which we believe will be at least considered for for the vice presidency by the now inevitable presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

In addition to a biographical information and a brief assessement of each potential nominee and their chances of being selected by Mitt Romney, White House 2012′s coverage also includes each potential nominee’s voting records, as well as a listing of their public statements and links to their web sites.

Today White House 2012 takes a look at  Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

Born: April 7, 1949 (1949-04-07) (age 61), Monongahela, Pennsylvania

Spouse(s): Cheri Lynn Herman Daniels

Children : Meagan, Melissa, Meredith and Margaret

Residence : Governor’s Residence, Indianapolis, Indiana

Alma mater: Princeton University, Georgetown University Law Center

Profession: Businessman (pharmaceuticals)

Political Career :

  • Worked on the unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign of William D. Ruckelshaus.
  • Interned in the office of then-Indianapolis Mayor Richard Lugar.
  • Worked on Lugar’s re-election campaign, joined then Mayor Lugar’s staff and soon became his Chief of Staff.
  • When Lugar was elected to the U.S. Senate, Daniels joined him in Washington as an administrative assistant and eventually as one of his top aides.
  • Daniels went on to become executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee,
  • He was also the campaign manager of three successful Senate campaigns for Richard Lugar.
  • In 1985 Daniels became a part of the Reagan Administration when he became chief political advisor and liaison to President Ronald Reagan.
  • In January 2001, Daniels accepted President George W. Bush’s invitation to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where He served from January 2001 through June 2003 and in that role after proving to be a real cutter of budgets, he earned the nickname “the Blade”
  • Daniels also served as a member of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.
  • In 2004 and 2008, Daniels was elected Governor of Indiana.

(Click here for Mitch Daniels’ White House 2012 page)

By all rights, Mitch Daniels should have been the frontrunner, not just for Vice President, but for President. He has sailed Indiana through the tough seas of a terrible national economy and created a state that is one of the three best to do business in and for job creation. He came in to office with an $800 million deficit and by the time he was running for reelection in 2008, that deficit was turned in to a $1.3 billion surplus.

That is one reason why he won his 2008 reelection by an 18% margin. Not a bad margin of victory, especially when you consider the fact that at the same time, while a majority of Indiana voters pulled the lever for Barack Obama for President, Mitch Daniels received more than 20% of the African-American vote for Governor. That is an unusually high percentage of the black vote for any Republican, anywhere. But on top of that, the makeup of Mitch Daniels reelection victory was comprised of 51 percent of the youth vote, 67 percent of the elderly, 57 percent of independent voters and even 24 percent of the Democrats in the state. All of which means that Mitch Daniels has crossover appeal.

And like John Thune, Daniels has that Middle American appeal that can allow him to connect with Midwest voters, including and especially those in his own state of Iowa and neighboring Illinois and even the more important delegate rich state of Ohio.

While this Harley Davidson riding governor is understated and even meek, when he starts talking you know you are dealing with a man who like Newt Gingrich, is the smartest person in the room. But unlike Newt, Mitch Daniels’ homespun, midwestern, charm puts you at ease and makes you realize that while he is smart, he is not an elitists. He’s the type of guy who never forgets that he puts his pants on one leg at a time. While some like John Thune may be considered consistent conservatives, Mitch Daniels is consistent but comes across as more of a commonsense conservative. He has an uncanny dry wit, that will slowly rise and surprise you with a slew of knee-slappers. Mitch is both a policy wonk and people person. And what is probably most important of all is that his area of expertise is in the budget…….the budget that has now reached a crisis level, something which Mitch has repeatedly warned us about.

After coming close to running for President but deciding against it largely due to concerns about the pressure on his family, it is unclear if Mitch Daniels would suddenly believe that the pressure will be any less if he runs for Vice President. But you never know. Combine that with the fact that he would be a balancing force on any ticket, and has the experience and ability to lead our nation in the right direction and what you have is absolutely no reason why Mitch Daniels should not be on anyone’s short list.

Pros:

  • A highly successful, popular two term Governor
  • The favorite son of a state Republicans need to win the 270 electoral votes required to take control of the White House
  • His expertise on the economy and budgets will help dwarf any claim of expertise that the Obama Administration will boast
  • Has great appeal in the all important Midwest region
  • Executive experience
  • Considered a budget hawk
  • Has proven to appeal to African-American voters, even winning a majority of them in his state during the same 2008 election that saw Indiana voters elect Barack Obama President

Cons:

  • Daniels’ marriage, divorce, and remarriage to his wife may be come an issue and the Daniels’ are discouraged to seek higher office because of the lack of privacy that would come with such an office
  • Evangelicals were turned off by remarks Daniels made suggesting that social issues needed to go on to the back burner until we resolved our economic problems
  • Daniels is not a firebrand that typically fires up the forces
  • His position as Budget Director for G.W. Bush will provide the opposition with powerful rhetoric linking the economic downturn to Bush, Daniels and ultimately Romney.

Assessment:

Mitch Daniels is one of my prefered candidates for the job. The only thing that would make him the perfect composite for all that the G.O.P. could want their vice presidential nominee to be would if Mitch Daniels was actually Mitchie Danielsita, a Latina Governor of Florida or Ohio.  But shallow demographics aside, not only is Mitch Daniels one of the most responsible choices a presidential nominee can make, he would be a strong and effective voice on economic matters, and has a way of being able to bridge the political divide without caving on conservative principles. He is a solid, stable figure who is methodical, efficient and innovative.  Despite small pockets of criticism to the contrary, his credentials are impeccable and he is an extremely intelligent and likeable fellow. Mitt Romney may be inclined to pick Daniels for many reasons including his gravitas on the economy, his expertise in matters of budgets and his handling of Indiana’s budget, his strong and consistent anti-abortion record and his political demeanor. But criticism about Daniels comment suggesting that social issues must take a backseat to economic matters, may cause Romney to seek a running mate that could help bolster his own standings among social conservatives who still view Romney with great skepticism. Another hitch in this nearly perfect picture is Mitch Daniels relationship to the Bush Administration.  Having held that position, the left will paint him as the architect of the existing federal budget deficit and economic problem we’re in.  However Daniels served only 29 months as Budget Director and in that time most of the cuts Daniels proposed were not passed by Congress.  Such was the case in 2001.  when he helped craft the Bush tax cuts. At that time , the $2.13 trillion budget that Daniels submitted to Congress included deep cuts in many agencies in order to accommodate for those tax cuts.  But against Daniels’ own judgement, very few of the spending cuts were actually approved by Congress.     But try to explain that to the nation when President Obama is pumping a billion dollars into an effort that tries to deny those facts and to make Mitch Daniels the fall guy.

It’s a close call but if Mitt is not afraid of how the left will try to distort Daniels’ record during his time at OMB, Romney’s proclivity for playing it safe may just make Mitch Daniels his near perfect running mate.  I for one will be ecstatic if Mitt picks Mitch.

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The Herd: Chris Hill is a Republican Presidential Candidate With a Populist Reform Agenda

Republican Presidential Candidate Chris Hill

His name is Chris Hill and you may not have heard of him but Capt. Hill is one of “The Herd”…….. one of those 134 Americans who have registered their presidential campaigns with the Federal Election Commission.

Now a resident of Kentuck, Capt. Hill’s  job as an airline pilot has had him employed  in 48 states as well as Europe, Mexico and Canada.   But moving around has never been a big deal for Chris.  He was born  in the heartland of Indiana where his family’s roots took hold in a small town just North of Terre Haute called Clinton.  Eventually, in what Chris calls his ‘Tom Sawyer years”, his family moved to New Jersey and then in 1974 they moved to Bedford, New Hampshire where the first in the nation primary becomes a part of civic minded people’s DNA. 

It was in the Granite State that Chris Hill got his first taste of presidential politics when he joined his father and the two volunteered their time to the presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan.

Five years later, Chris went on to graduate from the University of New Hampshire where he earned a BA in Political Science and became a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force ROTC and was selected to attend a highly competitive Pilot Training program called Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training.  

That summer, he married his high school sweetheart, Michele Gagne of Bedford, New Hampshire, and off they went to start their adult lives. Chris went on to serve the nation by earning his wings in the Air Force where became an officer and eventually flew F-4 and F-15E fighter jets.  When Desert Storm swept the Middle East, Chris Hill went on to fly those jets in 50 different combat missions .  He says that during his travels of the last 17 years, he met hard working Americans who he believes are not as divided as the Congress and politicians who represent them are.  According to Chris “Washington Politicians want us to believe we are a Nation Divided. We are not. Most of us are working hard, playing by the rules and raising our families.”  

But during his dialogue, Chris was encouraged by the response that people had to his own vision.  So much so, that he decided to run for President.

 He tells White House 2012 that his top two issues are:

  1.  Restoring the Middle Class in America
  2.  Term Limits for Congress. 

According to Hill  “Term Limits for Congress are necessary because Washington has turned into an Aristocracy in America”

He tells us that he plans on helping the Middle Class by  “replacing the current tax code and allowing working people to keep more of their own money.”  And Chris Hill’s tax code reforms are indeed unique.

Like Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan that seems to be falling towards and below 9% in the polls, Hill’s plan is a mix of different forms of taxation and different tax bracket rates.  Most unique about his plan is the proposal to make all income up to $250,000, tax free. 

All together Hill’s economic reform plan consists of the following;

  1.  Make all income up to $250,000 tax free.
  2. The creation of a 10% national sales tax
  3. The creation of progressive tax rates on the rich that will be comprised of the following brackets

To understand that chart, you must remember that under Chris Hill’s Plan, all earnings up to $250,000 are not not taxed, but if you earn anything above that, the Hill Plan institutes the brackets listed in the chart.

A fourth aspect of Hill’s economic reform package is a mandatory annual IRS audit of all members of Congress, the Supreme and Federal Courts, as well as the Executive Branch with income over $250,000.

On  that Chris Hill says “We must have public servants who live within the boundaries of the laws they pass.”

The creation of Hill’s plan to keep all income under $250,000. tax free is based on what he says is the number used by President Obama uses to define the upper middle class in America. He adds; “Washington believes there are only two types of Americans, “The Rich” and the rest of us. Funny how so many of them, all public servants, fall into “The Rich” category isn’t it?” 

But that brings us to his proposal for a new national sales tax.

Like Michele Obama, Captain Hill wants every American to have some skin in the game.  They both believe that all Americans must pay some tax.  So it is his opinion that a national sales tax will accomplish that and more.  According to Hill,  “Drug dealers pay no tax on their money, but they will pay sales tax on that Escalade!”   He claims “America is ready for a single flat 10% National Sales Tax and describes it as “Fair for all Americans” 

Chris Hill’s Economic Reform Plan, as it pertains to taxes is certainly more comprehensive than some of the other candidates out there, Michele Bachmann for one,  but as is the case with many similar plans, I do not believe that it will increase the rate of economic growth that we need to get this economy going again.  In many ways, while Hill’s plan is comprehensive, what it ultimately does is give comprehensive control to government in the area of increasing or decreasing tax brackets and determine winners and losers.  And more than that, the Hill plan, like the Cain plan, gives the government a new taxing authority to play with.  Today the sales tax is at 10%..  But what about tomorrow, when they decide to raise the rate like they do on postage stamps.  And we see how well that has done for the still bankrupt postal system.   But more than that, the Hill plan makes no mention of the need for a corporate repatriation policy that would allow billions of dollars in free market money to come back to the United States and stimulate our economy naturally, as opposed to the fake stimulus that the Obama Administration is using as means to create a welfare culture that will perpetuate society’s dependence on the government bureaucracy. 

But Chris Hill has many other ideas.

On the issue of jobs, the premier issues these days, Chris tells us NAFTA was a product of Republican George H. W. Bush and Democrat William Jefferson Clinton. Both had an agenda for the world” , said Hill.   He added “What about having an agenda for Americans again? It is time for a President who fights for America and our people! As President I will consult the experts on international trade and begin to put in place the policies that allow our workers to once again compete fairly with the world in business.   How exactly he will do that is not made clear yet.

Moving on to Foreign Policy and National Security, here Captain Hill has some very common sense, mainstream ideas.  Such common sense is not usually found in politics but Hill likes to make the point that he is no politician. 

On our border and illegal immigration problem, Hill  proposes the following steps:

  1. In 2013 we must pass a NEW LEGAL IMMIGRATION policy that is clear to the world.
  2. Then we must insist our government enforces it.
  3.  Base the flow of legal immigration in to the country on current UNEMPLOYMENT numbers.
  4. Whenever unemployment is above 6% the flow of legal immigration will be slowed or stopped.
  5. Once employment drops below 6% we can again assess the the numbers of legal immigrants that we can accept.
  6.  We must begin by securing our borders.

The justification that Hill offers for this policy is given in a story he tells based on his many travels.  He states:

“In October I was flying a trip in Atlanta. At the Westin Hotel behind the desk worked a young woman from Europe. Isn’t there an American in Atlanta who needs this job? Someone who is now collecting unemployment? The job had good working conditions and pay. I see this throughout the United States” 

And so according to Chris, a strong quota system that is based on our national employment rate should prevent Americans from having to compete with foreigners for America jobs.  While there is a degree of logic to that thinking, it is not quite that simple,.

But Chris Hill doesn’t stop there,  He knows that illegal immigration is the real problem and that it must be solved.  According to him, calls for some sort of security barrier at the border are only made by politicians who are frankly out of touch with reality”.   He adds, “Not only is the expense insane, can you imagine the government confiscating the private land along the border to achieve this? I fly out of El Paso routinely. It is simply impossible”

So what Hill proposes is a policy which requires us to take away the incentive for immigrants to come here illegally. He proposes that we do so by “alltaking responsibility for enforcing our immigration policy. And after the wars are overs, we bring out troops home and have them guard our border and implement the use of drone aircrafts“. According to Hill “Drone aircrafts will be more effective than a fence and the National Guard will be effective than Border Patrol.”.

The Chris Hill immigration reform plan also addresses the issue of 12 Million Moms, Dad, and children who  have come here prior to 2013 with two final illegal immigration reforms on his agenda;

  • .We will insist people in America make a choice. Become a citizen with full rights and responsibilities, or go home.
  • On the issue of Anchor Babies. I will lead Congress to do everything necessary to end this practice. We will look to the laws in other countries for guidance. One of the parents must be a U.S. citizen for a new baby to be an American.“As President I will set a deadline for all people residing in the United States to become citizens.

As someone who has long been a proponent of my own immigration reform law called Open Arms-Secure Borders, I am both passionate about the issue and studied on it.  And as far as I can see, Chris Hill’s immigration reform package is based on some common sense thinking, but here again, the situation is not as simple as many think.  For instance Hill’s effort to get rid of the incentives that attract illegal immigrants to our nation, would put someone in charge of solving an infinitesimal number of factors.   And the only real way for the incentives to die would be the creation of a better quality of life in Mexico for the Mexican people.  So this brings up the question of should the American government be doing anything with the Mexican government that can help them improve their quality of life?  If that can be done, the flood gates would close.

All in all, Chris Hill has a solid platform.  His solutions can be debated, but at least he brings to the table the right debate.  Hill understands what most American understand, the nation is broken and it needs fixing.  And as a hands on guy, Chris Hill is not the type of man who can sit around waiting for the plumber to stop a flood from rising in his basement.  Chris Hill  gets in there and takes care of it himself.  And that is what he is doing now.  He is not waiting for the right person to come along and fix our problems, he is willing to do it himself.  

The problem is that while anyone can be anything in America, when trying to reach that goal, there are many obstacles that must be dealt with.  In this case, Chris Hill’s obstacles are quite high.  While Chris has many things in his favor such as the fact that he is not a politician, that he is a family man, a combat veteran, and has some sound, common sense ideas, what he does not have is the money required to reach the large number of people that the Romney’s and Perry’s can.

But that is not stopping Chris Hill.

Write now he is spending time in New Hampshire where he is working  any and every event possible.   And as for getting a campaign team together, Hill told White House 2012 that he is organizing  Veterans, a natural constituency for him,  and he is focusing on the internet in an attempt to communicate with the younger generation  and also on the capability of using the internet as a  recruiting tool.

Chris Hill has a long way to go and with 46 days left before the New Hampshire primary and 39 days till the Iowa Caucus,  he is spending a lot of time in both states, but he is also working Nevada, which is having their Caucus on Saturday February 4th and he promises to stay in the race for as long as funding allows.  Right now Hill tells us that most of his fundraising is done through his website and while he hasn’t received any endorsements yet, the money is still coming in.

While Chris Hill’s campaign  may not be your typical well staffed, professionally handled, political campaign, for him it is a plus.  His lack of political handlers and perfectly worded, stump statements, help distinguish him from the candidates who are among the political class.  And in this day and age, with the TEA movement, Congressional approval down to 9%, the President’s disapproval at nearly 50%, the political class is not in anyone’s favor right now. 

But you can tell that Chris Hill has his stuff together.  Out there on the campaign trail, he carries himself confidently and competently.  And deep down he may know that this election may not put him in the Oval Office, but for him not getting to the White House won’t be a loss.  For Chris Hill it would be a loss only  if he did not try to get his message out there as much as possible. 

Some of the 134 Republican Presidential candidates registered with the FEC are real characters….colorful characters who you can safely say are borderline looney tunes,  But Chris is not such a character.  He has character, great character,  the type of character that has motivated him so much that he is willingly taking on the role of David and is prepared to fight not one, but two Goliaths.  The Goliath that is an ever growing, never ending federal bureaucracy and the political Goliath that keep feeding the federal Colossus.  These two Goliaths are trying to recreate America from the top down, but Chris Hill knows that it should be the other way around.  That is why his campaign touts the slogan  “America’s Coming Home” .He says his slogan   “reflects the need to focus on restoring this nation from the family unit up.” 

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White House 2012: The Herd. The Other Republicans Running for President

Bookmark and Share  Unless you’re in a coma or a teenybopper more concerned with Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber than Lady Liberty and justice, you are aware of at least eight of the Republicans running  for the Republican presidential nomination.  But not everyone knows that there are actually 134 Republicans who have registered their candidacies for President with the Federal Election Commission. 
 
What’s more is that such a proliferation of candidates is not unusual.  Similar numbers have accounted for the entirety of past fields of presidential candidates in both Parties.  This year, with Democrats having an incumbent President running for reelection, as expected, they have far fewer challengers than do Republicans.  Democrats have only 45 registered candidates.  As for other Parties,  combined, there is a long list of candidates that looks as follows:
 
Constitution Party 1, Constitutional Party 1, Green Party 5, Libertarian Party 15, Reform Party 1, American Independent Party 1, American Party 1, Citizens Party 3, Independence Party 1, Objectivist Party 1, Prohibition Party 2, Socialism and Liberation Party 1, Socialist Party USA 2
 
All totaled, that accounts for 230 individual people running for President of the United States.  It is a number that makes you realize that there is much more to the presidential election than we see or hear about.  It also proves that the media does not necessarily live up to its need to truly inform the electorate.  But  knowing that such a large number of people are technically running for President makes it easy to understand why the major televised debates have rules requiring that in order to participate, candidates must have polled at least one or two percent in national polls.  Many have complained that these two hour debates with 7 or 8 candidates do not give the participants enough time to answer questions properly.  Can you imaging another debate with CNN’s Jonathon King moderating a stage full of 134 candidates?  He couldn’t handle the seven he had.
 
So given these facts, it becomes understandable why there are so many rules regarding these debates.  But the electoral process has its own set of rules that also weeds out the large field of candidates.
 
While there may be 134 Republicans running for President, most all of them are not on any primary or caucus ballots. 
 
Ballot access is something that is left up to the individual states and as such, they each have their own requirements and rules.
 
In New Hampshire, all it takes to get on the presidential primary ballot is a filing fee of $1,000.  In South Carolina  there is a filing fee to appear on the presidential primary ballot that costs $25,000 if the candidate pays by May 3, or $35,000 if they pay later than that.  
 
Other states have election laws that essentially give control of the primaries to the establishment of the respective Parties.  In state’s like New York and New Jersey, a large number of signatures from  registered Republicans who meet residency requirements,  is required to get on the ballot.  This usually means that a strong organization is needed and even then, these rules often produce numerous court challenges which try to knock candidates off the ballot due to legal technicalities which may disqualify some signatures from counting towards the total needed.  In New York, the petition process is so arcane that someone can see all their petition signatures disqualified based upon such things as an printing error on the petitions. 
 
Whether this is fair or not is debatable, but the democratic process has never been accused of being easy or clean and in many ways the daunting challenge to get on the ballot do prevent voters from having to go through a national phonebook of names to cast their vote.   In 200o, voters in Palm Beach had a hard enough time trying to vote for President with a ballot that had only three names available to them.  Can you imagine the chaos there would be with 140 or more names on the ballot?
 
In the end, the process does legitimately make it so that only a truly serious candidates run for President.  In order to make it to the ballot, they  must be motivated, organized, and well financed.  And even then it is not easy.  In 2000,  the  high-profile Green Party candidacy of ,Ralph Nader, didn’t make it onto the presidential ballots of  three states. 
 
So registering with the Federal Election Commission does not necessarily make one a serious presidential candidate.  However, as White House 2012 can attest to, despite the odds, many of those who filed with the FEC, are taking their run for the Republican nomination quite seriously.
 
Ever since last August, dozens of candidates have contacted White House 2012 requesting that they be added to the site and given the same treatment as the major candidates, including their own White House 2012 bio page. 
 
Unfortunately, the financial costs, and amount of manpower and time required to make that possible is just not possible

Joe Story

for White House 2012.   However, what we at WH12 are willing to do, is run this series called “The Herd”.  It is an ongoing series about the rest of the Republican field of candidates.  Every other day, we will feature one of these lesser known candidates.  Some of these profiles will include well intentioned people like Joe Story, who by the luck of the draw, will be the first name that appears on the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary ballot.   Other profiles will include colorful characters like Jimmy “The Rent is Too Damn High” McMillan, an outrageous former Democrat candidate for Governor of the Empire State.  Now he is running for President of, we think, the United States, as a Republican.   The series is sure to be, at the very least, quite entertaining.

 
Even though I have tried, White House 2012 still won’t be able to tell you about all 134 Republicans who filed a candidacy with the FEC but that won’t be because we didn’t try.  I reached out to each of the candidates and those who I could reach, were sent a questionnaire which was designed to help us determine whom the most serious candidates are [see the questions here].  Those who did not respond, eliminated themselves from this series. 
 
One such candidate was Samm Tittle .  Ms. Tittle called White House 2012 and left a message stating that she has “been with the FEC as a primary Republican candidate”. 
 
She added;
 
“I take it your a fair man.  I’ve read a lot about you and I’d like you to get me on  to that  list of the candidates, if you please. We’ve already sent to your staff, quite a bit of information and I haven’t gotten any response. So I thought I’d go ahead and call you personally. . I’m out there. I’d like to get the same respect that you’re giving to the rest of the candidates. Thank you very much.”   
 
If Ms. Tittle has sent White House 2012 “quite a bit of information“, I don’t know anything about it.  If she really did, we probably would have covered it.  We have done so with Fred Karger, the openly gay Republican candidate for President who sent us information and even sat down for an interview with us.  But I would like to consider myself a fair man.  So I responded to candidate Tittle.  She on the other hand has not responded back.  So there goes that.
 
Some candidates I could not even get in touch with.  Rest assured that White House 2012 will not bother with them.  Also on that list are those candidates who do not make any contact information readily available.  While I for one believe that modern technology can not replace many aspects of good ole’ fashioned political campaigning, this is not the election of 1796.  Communication with contemporary candidates should not need to be conducted via horse and buggy.
 
But those candidates who are willing to make a decent attempt at getting their message out, will be afforded the opportunity to do so on White House 2012 and that opportunity will be made available to them in “The Herd”.  So stay tuned.  I promise you at least a good slice of human interest  in this series. 
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