INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The national chairman of the Republican Party says if the GOPwants to restore its national standing, it should learn fromIndiana. Michael Steele appeared at a Republican dinner inIndianapolis Wednesday night. As he praised Indiana Governor MitchDaniels, he avoided a popular political question.
Steele said Hoosier Republicans have "much to be proud of." Buthis praise for Governor Daniels is not an endorsement for anyfuture campaign.
Daniels wasn't at the dinner. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman said he's on vacation and then got some big laughs when she made a reference to South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's controversial vacation. Watch the video in the left margin of the story.
"Mitch has been one of those governors that has been steady tothe cause. He's stayed principled, stayed disciplined. And, he'sstayed focused on what's important to the people here," saidSteele.
And, Steele said, Daniels is probably getting more attentionthan he expected.
"But God bless you governor. You're doing a great job and youdeserve what comes your way," Steele said.
A new web site called Americans for Mitch is another example of the attention coming to Daniels --adding to the speculation that he might run for president in 2012-- even though he's said repeatedly he's run his last campaign.
And, he challenged the Republicans in Indiana to "stoptalking bad about each other" and to realize they lost in the lastelection and it's time to move forward without watering down theirprinciples.
"You don't try to make it relevant to someone else's issues. Youstand on those principles and you speak truth to power, you lead.And it's time this party started leading again," said Steele.
The chairman of Indiana's state Democratic Party told 24-HourNews 8 reporter Jim Shella Wednesday that the talk about Daniels"is not a grassroots movement." (
But, Steele also said other Republican governors could alsobe examples for other politicians to follow and he expects othernames to "bubble up" between now and the next campaign.
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