The race for the Republican Party presidential nomination has in essence narrowed down to Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who was once wooed to run in his own right, insists that there is still plenty of time for a new GOPer to run — preferably one who can be more “candid and honest” about the state of the economy and the misguided efforts of President Barack Obama.
Daniels told the New York Times, “Somebody else could still enter and have a competitive chance. The candidate I could get instantly excited about is someone who is willing to level with the American people and assume they are prepared to listen to the mathematical facts and agree that whatever other disagreements we have aren’t as important.”
But with Perry already beginning to solidify his lead, how can a new contender hope to challenge him? According to Daniels, the fact that Perry ended up rising so fast so quickly could show that Republicans are less interested in Perry, and more interested in a fresh voice, and that another new challenger could replicate that rapid enthusiasm. “He proved it wasn’t too late — I don’t think it’s too late yet…In the wired world we’re in, somebody new could get in.”
Daniels then admitted he had tried to convince a few new folks to run, proving that if nothing else, he has no interest in being either of the front runners’ picks for a running mate.