Former Vice President Dick Cheney is offering some effusive praise for one of the potential Republican presidential candidates: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who previously served as Budget Director during the first term of the Bush-Cheney administration.
In an interview with Jamie Gangel of NBC News, Cheney said: “We’ve got a lot of good prospective candidates out there.
“And I’m intrigued for example by, oh, someone like Mitch Daniels. I like Mitch because he’s got a breadth of experience, as OMB Director for example, because he’s run a major of a big corporation, he’s run a think tank — Hudson Institute — he’s now been governor of Indiana, and he’s done in Indiana what I think we need to do at the national level.
“Now, will Mitch run? I don’t know whether he’ll run or not. Is he the only potential candidate out there? No, we’ve got a lot of other good ones: Chris Christie from New Jersey; Tim Pawlenty from Minnesota.”The key moment comes at about the 1:15 mark below:
What does Cheney think of Mitt Romney, Gangel asked?
“I like Mitt Romney very much. It’s that same kind of gubernatorial experience in Massachusetts,” Cheney answered. “And I think over the years we’ve elected more governors than we have senators. But on the other hand we’ve got some good Senate talent, too — people like John Thune from South Dakota.
“So I think there’s no shortage. Let me apologize at the outset to everybody I didn’t mention. But the fact is, I think we’ve got a wealth of talent in the Republican Party.”
As the MSNBC crew of Gangel, Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie noticed, one of the folks that Cheney didn’t mention was Sarah Palin. So make of that what you will.