Mitch Daniels Pt. 1

  • Aired:  09/21/11
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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels discusses government spending and America's wartime priorities. (3:43)

INTERSTREW GOVERNOR OF INDIANA,

MITCH DANIELS, AND FROM WHAT I

UNDERSTAND, IT'S GOING TO GO

VERY LONG, SO WHAT WE'RE GOING

TO TRY TO DO IS, WITH AS FEW

CUTS AS POSSIBLE, PRESENT IT IN

A WAY THAT IS COHERENT AND MAKES

SENSE AND EVERYTHING ELSE WILL

BE UP ON THE WEB, SO, I MEAN, I

KNOW HOW YOU KIDS ON THE WEB

LIKE THE WATCH PEOPLE TALK TO

GOVERNORS.

[LAUGHTER]

HIS NEW BOOK IS CALLED "KEEPING

THE REPUBLIC: SAVING AMERICA BY

TRUSTING AMERICANS."

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM

GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS.

[APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

"KEEPING THE REPUBLIC: SAVING

AMERICA BY TRUSTING AMERICANS,"

AND YOU'VE MET US, AMERICANS.

>> YOU ASKING ME?

I'VE MET A FEW.

>> Jon: AND YOU STILL TRUST

US?

[LAUGHTER]

>> I CAN MAKE AN EXCEPTION IN

YOUR CASE, JON.

>> YOU'VE SEEN THE "DANCING WITH

THE STARS" CONTROVERSY.

SO FOR YOU, NOW OBVIOUSLY YOU

WERE... YOU ARE STILL SPOKEN OF

IN VERY I THINK ALMOST SACRED

TERMS AS THE FISCALLY

RESPONSIBLE GOVERNOR THAT COULD

SAVE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THAT

COULD BE PRESIDENT.

A WOMAN IN THE AUDIENCE TONIGHT

WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE YOU TO BE

PRESIDENT OR AT LEAST VICE

PRESIDENT.

>> Jon:

>> ONE WOMAN?

>> Jon: IT'S OUR AUDIENCE.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO TELL YOU.

[FIVE MINUTES LATER]

>> Jon: THE TROUBLE WITH THE

PLAN, THEY KEEP SAYING, THE

GOVERNMENT IS OUT OF CONTROL.

THEY'RE SPENDING MORE THAN THEY

TAKE IN.

THEY'RE CRAZY.

THEY'RE LIKE DRUNKEN SAILORS,

BUT WHEN THEY WERE IN CHARGE,

THEY HAD AN UNPAID-FOR MEDICAID

BILL OF A TRILLION DOLLARS, THEY

HAD TWO WARS.

THEY DIDN'T RAISE TAXES DURING

TWO WARS.

THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEFICIT.

USING THAT STUDY THAT I HAVE,

AND WE HAVE IT TO PUT UP, PEW,

WHATEVER THE NAME OF THAT

RESEARCH CENTER IS, THE 2001,

2003 TAX CUTS RESPONSIBLE FOR

$1.7 TRILLION.

THE IRAQ WARS, APPARENTLY THE

STIMULUS AND ALL THAT WAS ONLY

RESPONSIBLE FOR $700 BILLION OF

THAT.

IT'S HARD TO LISTEN TO THOSE

FOLKS AND TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY

BECAUSE WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE

THEY'RE SAYING, "WE NEED TO STOP

SPENDING WHEN DEMOCRATS ARE IN

CHARGE, BUT WHEN PRINCE ARE IN

CHARGE, WE NEED TO JUST DO

WHATEVER WE DO."

>> AFTER 9/11, I FORGOT THIS AND

SOMEBODY SENT ME A COPY.

I WENT TO THE NATIONAL PRESS

CLUB ON BEHALF OF THE

ADMINISTRATION AND SAID, LOOK

HOW MUCH SPENDING WAS CUT.

IF WE'RE GOING TO BE IN THE WAR,

THEN OTHER PRIORITIES OUGHT TO

BE POSTPONED FOR A WHILE, AND

THAT'S WHAT HARRY TRUMAN DID

WHEN WE WENT INTO KOREA, WHAT

F.D.R. DID WHEN WE WENT INTO

WORLD WAR II, AND IT'S VERY FAIR

TO SAY, REPUBLICANS WERE IN

CONGRESS, I GOT NOWHERE WITH

THAT ARGUMENT.

YOU'RE QUITE CORRECT.

THE COSTS WERE ADDED ON.

I'M JUST SAYING THAT WHEN YOU

LOOK FORWARD AT THE PROBLEMS

THAT ALARM ME, AND I REALLY

BELIEVE SHOULD ALARM EVERY

AMERICAN WHO CARES ABOUT THE

AMERICAN PROMISE OF UPWARD

MOBILITY THAT'S AT THE HEART OF

THIS COUNTRY, THEN RELIT GAITING

THAT IS NOT GOING TO GET US VERY

FAR.

THE REAL QUESTION IS WHAT STEPS

CAN WE TAKE TO...

>> Jon: THAT'S A FAIR POINT.

WHEN WE COME BACK THEN WE'LL

TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE

STEPS THAT WE CAN TAKE AND WE

WON'T RE-LITIGATE.

WE'LL BE

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