“Mark my word, it is going to be an unconventional type of election process,” Palin said.
For Daniels’s part, deciding not to run for the presidency hasn’t kept him on the sidelines of the 2012 election. On Tuesday, Daniels defended Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s use of the phrase “Ponzi scheme” to describe Social Security.
“After all this flap recently some people did some quick Googling, and the problem with what Rick Perry says is that it’s trite, it’s been said so often,” Daniels said. “It’s a pay-as-you-go system, you’re not putting away — people have been misled over the years to believe they’re putting something away for themselves, we know it’s not the way it works.”
Still, Daniels said “in the end I was not prepared” to mount a presidential run. Yet in an interview Tuesday, he left the door open for joining a ticket as a vice presidential candidate.
“You can’t say you wouldn’t answer if someone called,” Daniels said. “It seems so improbable to me and certainly nothing I anticipate and something I hope doesn’t happen.”