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Unlike almost every other Republican in the country this November, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels appears on track for a resounding victory against his Democratic challenger next week. But even with a towering lead in the polls, he’s almost comically unwilling to be seen with Gov. Palin.

This just in from the Indianapolis Star, courtesy of TPM Reader BH

Daniels said he plans to talk to folks in the parking lot, but can’t fit into his schedule a joint appearance with Palin.

This is Palin’s third trip to Indiana, and Daniels has yet to campaign with her, though Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman was with Palin at the previous rallies in Noblesville and Fort Wayne.

“I’m going by (the Palin rally.) I’ve got another event scheduled at the same time, but it is close by, so I’m going to go by and spend as long as I can there and hang out in the parking lot and spend some time with the folks standing in line or patiently waiting to get in,” Daniels said. “I’m not speaking at the rally, no.”

I guess heading in from the parking lot to the stage would have just been too much for Daniels’ schedule to handle. But seems a bit iffy to me.

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