Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) has been named the next president of Purdue University, virtually assuring that the popular two-term incumbent will not be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick.
Purdue announced Daniels as its new president Thursday, two days after anonymous sources indicated that he would be elected to the position. Daniels and Purdue had not commented on the reports.
Daniels will assume the job in January, when his term concludes and a new governor is sworn in. Between now and then, he will not be stumping for Republicans, including Romney.
“Effective immediately, I will recuse myself from any partisan political activities or commentary,” Daniels said.
It looks like you can cross Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) off your list of potential vice presidents for Mitt Romney.
Daniels will be tapped by Purdue University as its next president on Thursday, according to multiple local
reports. Daniels is reportedly expected to serve out his term, which ends in January 2013, and assume the job then.
As the Republican presidential race spirals into a heated battle between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, viewers of Tuesday’s State of the Union address will be reminded of what could have been.
Namely, Mitch Daniels.
Daniels will deliver the official Republican response following President Obama’s speech – a response that will at once return the Indiana governor to the national stage (a space he occupied briefly while he considered his own presidential bid last year) and also provide a small taste of a presidential candidacy that many of the biggest names in the GOP hoped they would see.