Indiana GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb, one of Gov. Daniels’ closest advisers, revealed to POLITICO that “the whispers have become shouts, the knocks on [Daniels’] door have become fist pounding.”
“Republicans are fretting the four dancing now can’t beat Obama in the fall — so their national talent search continues,” Holcomb said, adding that the pleas had come from “the adults” in the party.
The Daniels adviser said the the Indiana governor’s State of the Union response speech prompted a spike in the chatter.
“Hand-written letters from around the country flooded in after his response to the State of the Union,” said Holcomb. “He can’t go anywhere without someone stopping him [and] asking to reconsider and present a clear vision, unify folks like he did in Indiana, and lead another comeback. Also, Indiana’s legislative session adjourns no later than March 14, [and] might adjourn earlier, thereby freeing him up a bit — and seasoned politicos know that as they game this out.”
Despite the fact that he is a top Romney surrogate, Christie, too, has received entreaties from senior Republicans, sources said, with the pitches rising again in recent weeks as Romney has struggled.
The New Jersey governor hasn’t budged from the position he took last year, when he said “no,” despite pleas coming from the likes of Nancy Reagan and Henry Kissinger. Christie also campaigned for Romney in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, appearing at multiple events.
And just as Christie shows no signs of changing his mind, Daniels also appears unlikely to reverse course.
“He respects those approaching him greatly, but no vote from the women’s caucus at home yet,” Holcomb quipped, alluding to the opposition against a run from the Hoosier’s wife and daughters. “[It] might take an Occupy on the Governor’s Residence lawn!”