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Political Analyst: Daniels May Leave Politics Altogether

Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute President John Ketzenburger says he thinks Mitch Daniels has written off future government posts.

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A political analyst says he thinks Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is serving his final months in public office.

Despite the speculation about Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels becoming a vice-presidential candidate on the Republican ticket, an Indiana political analyst believes Daniels will give up politics completely when he leaves the statehouse.

“There is a degree of difference between running for president and being the vice-presidential candidate, I’ll certainly grant that,” Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute President John Ketzenburger said. “But think his “no” was to public office. I think the family has had enough of it, and I just don’t see him running for public office again.”

Ketzenberger also believes Daniels is too accustomed to taking a lead role rather than the support role of a vice-president. That could lead to being a cabinet secretary, but Ketzenburger is skeptical about that, too.

“I think there’s a role for him as an advisor and possibly in a cabinet-type position, because you have a portfolio then that is very defined. But even that seems like a long shot to me.

Ketzenberger said the governor could do the most good for Indiana by staying in the state and helping local companies raise capital or advising local boards; offering his expertise in civic life.

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