Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Blog

We've been writing about Mitch Daniels quite often, and we've watched him in the news closely these past few months. Governor Daniels (R-Indiana) has been relatively quiet about a potential presidential run, but has remained a subject of extreme interest for many reasons.

Gov. Daniels piques our interest not only because he is Arab American (his grandparents are from Syria), he is a politician who - even in today's hyper-partisan political climate - has not digressed from his primary focus; fixing the economy. He has insisted that other issues not become a distraction and has not pandered to the anti-Muslim, anti-Arab sentiments expressed by many other potential GOP presidential candidates. We encourage you to read Sean J. Miller's article in The Hill which speaks to that:

"Daniels is playing by his own rules"
By Sean J. Miller, The Hill Newspaper, April 13, 2011

This is the 5th in a series of profiles of GOP presidential contenders.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is best known as the “truce” candidate in the crowded field of Republicans mulling a White House run.

It’s certainly not a term of endearment to many conservatives, though it could help him win the Republican presidential nomination.

Daniels has called for the GOP to declare a truce on social issues in order to focus on the economy and the nation’s record debt.

Tony Perkins, who heads the Family Research Council, is one social-conservative activist who finds the prospect of Daniels as the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee unpalatable. But he admits it’s a possibility, even if Daniels alienates the social-conservative base of the party.

Read the full story

Governor Daniels is the recipient of the Najeeb Halaby Award For Public Service at the 2011 Kahlil Gibran "Sprit of Humanity" Awards Gala.