Maddow: Gov. Daniels ‘embarrassing’ choice for State of the Union response

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, January 19, 2012 23:35 EDT
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On her show Thursday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained why Republicans should not have picked Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to deliver the their response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement: “Mitch Daniels is a fierce advocate for smaller, less costly and more accountable government, and has the record to prove it.”

But Maddow noted Daniels’ last job was the budget director for then-President George W. Bush. Daniels estimated the Iraq war would only cost $50 or $60 billion dollars — it has actually cost $800 billion.

“That’s his fiscal record, that the Republicans want to highlight” she said.

Maddow added that Daniels was “dragging his state into a huge, embarrassing and very unpopular fight” by pushing for so-called “right to work” legislation. Under the proposed law, employees at unionized private workplaces would not be required to pay union dues, allowing them to free load off of collective bargaining agreements.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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