Report: Mitch Daniels to speak at CPAC
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels — and rumored 2012 GOP presidential hopeful — will speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February, reports Politico’s Jonathan Martin:
Indiana Gov Mitch Daniels will attend CPAC, speaking to the annual conservative confab on Feb. 11, a source tells POLITICO. It’s another sign that Daniels is thinking seriously about a White House bid. He has previously eschewed the Republican cattle call circuit, insisting that he’s entirely focused on his day job. The CPAC appearance offers Daniels a high-profile platform to address his comments last year that there ought to be a ‘truce’ on cultural issues to address the country’s pressing fiscal problems. He has since sought to clarify his assessment, but the remarks have raised concerns among the GOP’s social conservative wing.
Speaker after speaker at September’s Values Voters Summit derided Daniels’ “truce” on social issues (without saying his name), but the crowd at CPAC tends to be more focused on economic conservatism. Make no mistake, Daniels is solidly pro-life; however, look for him to clarify his remarks in front of the largest conference of conservatives of the year.