Daniels in the spotlight at CPAC

Gov. Mitch Daniels will step into the spotlight Friday night.

Gov. Mitch Daniels will step into the spotlight Friday night. The governor is planning a speech before a conservative group in Washington, DC. The governor will be introduced by conservative columnist George Will.

The only thing we know for sure about Friday’s speech is that he will not be announcing his candidacy.

I think we will hear him defend his controversial stand of asking Republicans to call a truce on social issues until the economic issues confronting the country are resolved. He has taken some heat on this from the right in the GOP. Now he gets the opportunity to defend himself against that criticism and outline the agenda as he sees it for the country.

At CPAC Thursday, 11,000 people turned out to hear Donald Trump, among others. While the governor may not have that star power, his attraction here is on-the-job experience.  He’s been successful in the business world, has balanced budgets in government, has worked for two presidents including Ronald Reagan, which carries a lot of weight, and timing is everything. 

If I know Gov. Daniels, he will not miss an opportunity to talk a little bit about events in Egypt and America’s role in this and the world. I will be watching it and have the details tonight at 11:00 pm.