Mitch Daniels, Indiana Governor, Expresses Disappointment With Mitt Romney's Rhetoric

Daniels Disappointed In Romney Rhetoric

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels expressed disappointment in Mitt Romney's rhetoric, stating that the former Massachusetts governor and likely GOP presidential nominee "doesn't talk" like he is campaigning to govern, and hasn't effectively outlined how his policies will affect "the young and the poor."

Daniels (R), in an interview with the Indianapolis Star, weighed in on Romney's campaign thus far.

"You have to campaign to govern, not just to win," Daniels said. "Spend the precious time and dollars explaining what's at stake and a constructive program to make life better. And as I say, look at everything through the lens of folks who have yet to achieve."

Daniels then added: "Romney doesn't talk that way."

The Indiana governor, who endorsed Romney on Wednesday, also said that often "candidates just miss" connecting with people who would benefit from a proposed policy. Romney, according to Daniels, should not talk about how his policies would affect the supporters who pay to get into his fundraisers, but instead about how they would affect those who could not afford to attend a high-priced event.

"Explain those things from the standpoint of the young and poor -- those who haven't achieved the dream yet," Daniels said.

Daniels, a rising star within the Republican party, announced last May that he would not seek the GOP nomination in 2012. However, many within the party, including the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, have repeatedly called for Daniels to run.

After Daniels announced his endorsement, Romney said in a statement he was "honored" to have Daniels' support and looks "forward to working with him to fix our economy and get our country on the right track."

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