Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

December 6, 2012

Daniels’ new book contains never-made concession speech

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has made headlines ­— as well as fans and detractors — with some of his sharp-worded speeches on fiscal policy, social issues and education reform. But a new book chronicling some of those words contains one speech he never made: His 2008 “concession” speech.

Daniels’ notes for a speech he would have delivered had he lost his re-election bid were written on one of his “darker days” — when he thought voters might toss him out for pushing through what he liked to call the “freight train of change.”

“Better four years of action and accomplishment than eight years sitting timidly on our hands…” Daniels wrote in his notes. “No one had to tell us the risks of making big change in a state not known for change.”

Those notes are contained in “Aiming Higher: Words that Changed a State,” that contain excerpts from speeches Daniels made over 22 years, including eight years of governor.

The book’s forward was written by veteran political journalist Brian Howey, longtime publisher of Howey Politics Indiana. Howey puts Daniels in the small category of governors who’ve interrupted Indiana’s history as a cautious, conservative, change-resistant state.

“Whether you regard him as a hero or adversary,” Howey writes, “few Hoosiers will argue the notion that his eight years at the Indiana Statehouse have been impactful and have altered the trajectory of the state at a time when just about everything is changing on a global scale.”

Proceeds from the book’s sales go to Mitch’s Kids, a program that helps low-income, at-risk children with tutoring and homework help; it was created by Daniels with the Boys & Girls of Indianapolis.

In the book is the expected: Daniels’ two inaugural addresses, his eight State of the State speeches to the Indiana General Assembly, his 2003 campaign kick-off speech and the victory speech he delivered 16 months later when he beat the incumbent Democrat Joe Kernan.

There’s also the February 2011 speech he made to the Conservative Political Action Conference when he was considered a likely presidential candidate. That’s the speech in which he said the “morbidly obese federal government” was in need of bariatric surgery and that the new “red menace” facing the country was its massive debt.

But there’s also some of the unexpected, including commentary from Daniels about what he was thinking as he was delivering speeches from notes he often scribbled to himself in nearly illegible handwriting.

He admits that when he needed help writing a humorous speech to deliver to an audience that included national journalists and President Barack Obama (at the 2011 Gridiron Club annual dinner in Washington, D.C.) he turned to his irreverent and politically incorrect friend Tom Griswold, from radio’s The Bob & Tom Show.

In that speech, reprinted in the book, he makes fun of the field of GOP presidential aspirants, including a joke about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s ample girth. But Daniels also makes fun of his own small stature: “I wouldn’t ever have been governor to start with, but a group back home decided the state needed to elect a small businessman, and I was the smallest one they could think of.”

The book was published by IBJ Book Publishing, a division of the same company that owns the Indianapolis Business Journal. More details about how to purchase it is online at http://www.ibj.com/books

Maureen Hayden can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • NAPPANEE BOARD OF WORKS: Refurbished home brings less than cost NAPPANEE — A house that was refurbished through a grant program has been sold by city officials.On Monday, Scott Hughes of Hughes and Associates, brought an offer to Nappanee Board of Works members for the house at 151 Van Buren St. The city purchase

    July 30, 2014

  • BIZ GN0730 Growing kids daycare image New day care center will open in August GOSHEN — There’s a Main Street in downtown Goshen and now there’s another, shorter Main Street in Goshen. The new road is located inside the new Growing Kids Learning Center.The newly-built center is located at Elkhart Road and C.R. 17. The day care

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140730 Spore mug Child's death prompts carbon monoxide awareness SYRACUSE — In the wake of the carbon monoxide poisoning death of 12-year-old Skyler Spore, the Syracuse community is raising awareness about the dangers of the deadly gas.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS GN140730 stormwater board Orchard annexation gets $500,000 boost Stormwater board increases contribution toward $7.5 million project

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140730 city council summit 01 Street chief says more money needed to avoid cutting services GOSHEN — The last year has been a particularly rough one for the Goshen Street Department, and the budget for 2015 is likely going to reflect much of that pain in the form of a significant increase in funding requests.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Jace Michael Mast TOPEKA — Jace Michael Mast, infant son of Earl and Esther (Lambright) Mast of Topeka, was stillborn at 9:40 p.m. Monday at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Evan Wade Mast, at home; grandparents, Ri

    July 29, 2014

  • nipsco property Construction to close N. Fifth St. for most of a year

    GOSHEN — Motorists who use North Fifth Street should plan to find a new route for the coming year. Monday the Goshen Board of Works and Safety members accepted bids for a North Fifth Street reconstruction project from Clinton Street to Crescent Stree

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • SLIDESHOW: Pets of the Week Cats and dogs looking for loving homes at the Humane Society of Elkhart County. These are the final days of the HSEC's July special: adopt in July and receive 25 percent off your adoption fee for dogs and cats under 5 years old or 50 percent off those 5-years-old or better.

    July 29, 2014 11 Photos

  • SLIDESHOW: The week in photos

    July 29, 2014

  • School board All Chandler students to get free lunches

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

With military action and tensions escalating between Russia and Ukraine, as well as Israel and Palestine, are you worried that the U.S. and other nations may get drawn into these conflicts?

Yes, it is a great concern of mine
I’m a little worried, but not too much
No, I’m not worried at all
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue