Mitch Daniels Pt. 1

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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels shares his book, "Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans," and endorses Stephen's book, "America Again." (4:19)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS WRITTEN A BOOK CALLED KEEPING THE REPUBLIC, SAVING AMERICA BY TRUSTING AMERICANS.

PERSONALLY I WOULD HAVE PUT A LITTLE MORE AMERICA IN THE TITLE.

PLEASE WELCOME GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) GF NEVER, THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

ALL RIGHT, ARE YOU THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR OF INDIANA.

>> FOR TWO MORE MONTHS.

>> Stephen: PREVIOUSLY DIRECTOR OF OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET UNDER GEORGE BUSH.

SENIOR ADVISOR TO REAGAN, YOU'VE BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME, OKAY.

AND YOU'VE GOT A BOOK HERE, OUT IN PAPERBACK NOW CALLED KEEPING THE REPUBLIC, SAVING AMERICA BY TRUSTING AMERICANS.

SO WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

DO I HAVE TO TRUST ALL AMERICANS?

BECAUSE MY UNDERSTANDING IS THERE ARE ABOUT 47% WHO ARE PARASITES.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) CAN WE TRUST EACH OTHER?

>> YEAH, SURE.

AND YOU KNOW, I THINK THE POINT, STEPHEN, IS THAT DEMOCRACY REALLY ONLY WORKS IF PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO

MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS.

AND I THINK A LOT OF FOLKS WITH PERFECTLY GOOD INTENTIONS BELIEVE THAT YOU OR I MAYBE WE'RE JUST VICTIMS, YOU KNOW, AND WE

NEED THEM TO PAGE DECISION FOR US.

WE MIGHT PICK THE WRONG MORTGAGE OR THE WRONG CREDIT CARD OR THE WRONG HEALTH CARE.

WE MIGHT PICK THE WRONG LIGHT BULB, YOU KNOW.

>> Stephen: UH-HUH.

>> SO YOU KNOW-- .

>> Stephen: WE MIGHT BUY PAINT THAT HAS LEAD IN IT.

WE MIGHT DRIVE CARS THAT HAVE LEAD IN IT.

WE MIGHT LIVE NEXT TO A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT THAT HAS THESE BURDENSOME REGULATIONS ON IT, ALL OF THESE

DANGEROUS THINGS THAT MAKE US VICTIMS.

>> YEAH, WELL, YOU KNOW, I JUST THINK THAT-- IT IS MORE CONSISTENT FIRST WITH HUMAN DIGNITY TO GIVE PEOPLE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE CHOICES FOR THEMSELVES.

AND I THINK INCREASINGLY WE SORT OF HAVE SHRUNK THE ZONE OF FREEDOM.

AND THERE IS A SECOND DIMENSION I SHOULD ADD.

I THINK A LOT OF OUR POLITICIANS ON BOTH SIDES, I'M HAPPY TO SAY, OR UNHAPPY TO ADMIT, REALLY DON'T

BELIEVE AMERICANS CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH ABOUT REALLY HUGE PROBLEM WE HAVE, THE SINGLE BIGGEST ONE WHICH IS THE

DEBT WE'VE PILED UP AND ARE ABOUT TO DUMP ON THE NEXT GENERATION.

I HAPPEN TO THINK AMERICANS CAN BE TALKED TO ABOUT THIS.

AND I, I WILL BE HAPPIER WHEN BOTH PARTIES ARE.

>> Stephen: NOW WE HAVE A SURPLUS WHEN BILL CLINTON LEFT OFFICE.

>> UH-HUH.

>> Stephen: AND WERE GEORGE W. BUSH'S DIRECTOR OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET.

WHO CAME IN AND CHLOROFORMED YOU AND STOLE ALL THE MONEY?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> WELL, THE ANSWER IS THE DOTCOM BUBBLE BROKE AND THE MONEY PEOPLE THOUGHT WAS COMING DID NOT SHOW UP.

WOULDN'T HAVE MATTERED IF YOU WERE PRESIDENT, STEPHEN, WHICH MAYBE YOU WILL BE ONE DAY.

>> Stephen: I THOUGHT ABOUT IT.

>> I KNOW.

>> Stephen: NOW YOU HAVE GOT THIS BOOK HERE.

PEOPLE, GOVERNORS WHO RELEASE BOOKS ARE OFTEN TESTING THE WATERS FOR THE PRESIDENCY.

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT JUMPING IN?

THERE ARE 12 DAYS LEFT.

THAT'S LONGER THAN THE ENTIRE TIM PAWLENTY CAMPAIGN.

>> I WROTE THE BOOK IN LEW, ACTUALLY, OF RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT MYSELF.

I WAS JUST TRYING TO CONTRIBUTE A FEW THOUGHTS WITHOUT-- WITHOUT TAKING THAT ON.

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT THIS BOOK REMINDED ME OF?

>> I'M AFRAID TO ASK, BUT WHAT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: REMINDS ME OF MY BOOK, AMERICA AGAIN.

SAVING AMERICA, AMERICA AGAIN.

REBECOME THE GREATNESS WE NEVER WEREN'T.

YOU KNOW WHAT, ON AMAZON PEOPLE WHO BUY THIS BOOK OFTEN BUY THIS BOOK TOO.

I'LL ENDORSE YOUR BOOK IF YOU WILL ENDORSE MINE.

>> DONE.

>> Stephen: READY?

GO BUY HIS BOOK.

>> MY WHOLEHEARTED ENDORSEMENT FOR THIS EPIC WORK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WELL, TELL YOU WHAT, GOVERNOR, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK.

STICK AROUND FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES WHEN YOU COME BACK, ALL RIGHT.

>> AND IF I SAID NO.

>> Stephen: I WOULD LOCK THE DOOR.

>> YEAH, OKAY.

>> Stephen: WELL ANSWER RIGHT BACK.

WITH GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS.

THANK YOU SOP MUCH.