Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said in an interview what many Americans seem to be feeling about the 2012 GOP Presidential hopefuls’ constant rhetorical battle over Social Security: Stop talking until you have a real plan.
According to POLITICO, Daniels wants whoever wins the GOP’s nomination to be bold with ideas. He says simply offering talking points about Social Security does not cut it when addressing problems regarding the United States’ major financial problems.
“We should not scare people when there’s no reason to,” Daniels said when asked about Romney’s attacks on Perry over the Texas Governor’s critique of the entitlement. “I think it’s also fair to say, ‘Don’t stop at diagnosing the [Social Security] problem unless you’re prepared to say a few things about how we save the safety net.”
Daniels is not vying to get involved in the GOP primary and says he doubts he will be a Vice Presidential prospect, despite rumors. Daniels has offered affirmation to speculation that the ever-popular New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, may still throw himself into the race.
“I’m not taking ‘no’ from Christie; I’m taking ‘not yet,’” said Daniels recently.
Daniels’ reasoning behind wanting a candidate who is less rhetorical and more action oriented is outlined in his book Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans.
In his book Daniels writes:
Consequently, we have amassed a ruinous amount of national debt, current and committed, mathematically beyond the capacity of any economy to pay. This is a survival-level threat to the America we have known. Left unaddressed much longer, it will permanently hobble the prosperity engine that has made us the world’s great power and exemplar.
In calling for more action and less talk, Daniels said: “The situation we’re facing is incredibly urgent. It’s not ideological. It’s arithmetic.”