Why He Matters
After serving two years as President George W. Bush's budget director, Daniels returned home to Indiana in 2003 to make his first - and, he claimed, last - bid for public office. Daniels was elected governor of the Hoosier state and is now into a second term with a string of accomplishments behind him.
Daniels was considered a leading candidate to run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, but decided against it. He is still considered a candidate to be the GOP nominee’s running mate. This from The Fix’s Chris Cillizza:
“The Indiana governor turned down a chance to run for president this year despite a not-insignificant amount of evidence that he would have entered the contest as the favorite. It’s very hard to say “no” to an offer to serve as vice president but if anyone could do it, Daniels would be the guy.”