Mitch Daniels: GOP candidate?

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels discussed his vision of education reform at the American Enterprise Institute.

With a string of education reform victories, Daniels is being touted as a GOP presidential candidate, writes Politics K-12 reporter Michele McNeil.

As for what a President Daniels administration would look like, at least on the education side of things, he said he supports a more modest role for the federal government, and a tighter rein on education spending. “There’s a lot more of it than we need,” he said of the federal education bureaucracy.

However, he said he supports “national standards,” and using the Education Department to help share best practices. And this very thrifty governor and former OMB director under President George W. Bush said he even supported the $4 billion Race to the Top, but only as a one-time endeavor to “try to jar the system into motion.”

Rick Hess calls Daniels an “uber-wonk.” Also “thoughtful” and “low key.”

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  1. Stacy in NJ says:

    Regarding his presidential ambitions Mitch Daniels is a tease. I hope he’s keeping his powder dry and not pulling a Hamlet.

  2. Why can’t we have national standards without Federal involvement?

    Fire codes, building codes and many others are maintained by nongovt institutions and adopted by states and municipalities. Why can’t private organizations create and maintain such education codes?