Mitch Daniels to deliver GOP response to Obama's State of the Union address

Republicans have tapped Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to deliver the response to President Obama’s State of the Union address next Tuesday.

The choice of Daniels, a conservative fiscal guru, shows that the GOP again intends to make the deficit a major issue in the days before Obama releases his budget. Last year, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanLaura Ingraham: George Will is ‘sad and petty’ for urging votes against GOP Seth Rogen: I told Paul Ryan I hate his policies in front of his kids George Will: Vote against GOP in midterms MORE (R-Wis.) delivered the State of the Union response and emphasized the need for fiscal discipline in Washington. 

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer top Treasury official to head private equity group GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats Zeal, this time from the center MORE (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Senate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays Political figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer MORE (R-Ky.) highlighted Daniels’s track record of balancing the budget and securing a AAA credit rating for Indiana. 

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“Governor Daniels, now in his eighth and final year as Indiana’s chief executive, has compiled a solid record of effective government and fiscal responsibility, making him well-suited to outline Republicans’ better solutions to the challenges Americans are facing in this struggling economy,” the announcement states.

“As governor, he has turned deficits into surplus, reformed government from top to bottom, and created a better environment for private-sector job creation,” BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer top Treasury official to head private equity group GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats Zeal, this time from the center MORE said.

“An eloquent spokesman for limited government, Gov. Daniels knows that President Obama’s three-year experiment in big government has made our economy worse and our future more uncertain, and he knows that Americans want a government that’s simpler, streamlined and secure,” McConnell said. 

Many centrist Republicans had hoped Daniels would run for president this year, but he announced in 2011 he was declining in order to spend more time with his family.

He has been talked about as a possible vice presidential candidate in recent months.