06/18/2010 10:09 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mitch Daniels: Indiana Governor's Name Floated For Potential 2012 Presidential Bid

[Daniels'] aggressive use of private-sector tactics in the public sphere has rankled legislators in both parties, who at times feel they're being treated as underlings to the smartest guy in the room. That hasn't stopped pundits and fellow Republicans from putting Daniels' name forward for the GOP nomination for President in 2012. He doesn't have Sarah Palin's rhetorical fire, and at a shade under 5' 7" he won't look terribly imposing next to Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney. Daniels, meanwhile, has perfected a myriad of banal ways to deflect the speculation. But if numbers matter as much as he says they do, consider these: He won reelection by a hefty margin of 18 points in 2008 even as Obama carried the state. And Daniels' current approval ratings are hovering between 60 and 70 percent, while the President's is at 52 percent. Those just might be actionable figures.

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