Governor offers Christmas wish

In a one-on-one interview, Gov. Mitch Daniels talked about his future and his Christmas wish for Indiana.

Gov. Mitch Daniels’ name has been tossed around as a possible candidate for president. In a one-on-one interview, the governor talked about his future and his Christmas wish for Indiana.

Eyewitness News asked the governor why his name keeps getting tossed around as a presidential possibility.

“Because the pickings are so slim,” he said. “Now we know where the bottom of the barrel is….I tell you the only reason is because people now see Indiana as a place that stands apart a little bit.”

Daniels says it’s about how the state has weathered the recession.

“We are in the black and most of them are busted. They are raising taxes all over the place and we are not going to do that. We are building roads at a record rate and they are grinding back to gravel in Michigan, for instance. So if there is a part of this that I like it is seeing Indiana get recognized,” Daniels said, adding, “I mean, it is not ’cause of my Hollywood looks, let’s face it. It’s only because of things we have gotten done that people would pay any attention to me and the good part of that is not just that I like seeing Indiana noticed but it might lead to that next business. That next investor coming here with some new jobs and new opportunity as opposed to somewhere else.”

The governor also talked about his Christmas wish for the state.

“A national recovery that lifts all the boats and brings back our existing job base. We know we are adding new jobs faster than other places but it won’t be enough unless our existing job base comes back. I also wish for greater revenues so we have to make fewer tougher calls but until that happens I ask for or wish for the public’s understanding that we will do things we would rather not do and things we will reverse when we get the chance, but we have to take care of people’s business here in a way that protects Indiana’s present and future and we just ask that everyone just bear with us while we do.”