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Chuck Todd nearly corners Mitch Daniels

Chuck Todd on “The Daily Rundown” pushes Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on his potential as a VP choice for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The governor puts on a less-than-convincing “nah, not me” act. “Chuck, let me just give you the best tip you’ll get all day. Make some easy money and bet against this whole idea. I’m not interested in that. It won’t happen anyway, and if I have something to contribute to the national debate we’re in, then I’ll look for other ways.”

Todd then pressed Daniels on whether he’d take the phone call from Romney. “Well, it’s a call that won’t come,” said Daniels.

With that, Todd let him off the hook: “Fair enough.”

Weasely enough, actually. The only response to Daniels’s dodge is to come back at him with an interpretation: Well, governor, I’m interpreting your squishy comments as an indication that you might just welcome the opportunity to serve as vice president, unless you can state your aversion more unequivocally.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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