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The Republicans went to Indiana governor Mitch Daniels to give the GOP response to the president's State of the Union Address tonight.
With a Republican establishment ask for something even bigger from governor Daniels.
Now that the presidential campaign has taken such a nasty and unpredictable turn.
Joining me now is -- -- -- help reelect President Bill Clinton.
And is currently a Fox News contributor and democratic pollster and regular and good friend.
-- watchdog pleasure Jennifer we get to Mitch Daniels is -- than usual but the president's state of the union as speech would be written by a political person.
In this case said David Axelrod was an even employed by the government anymore is running the president's reelection campaign in Chicago.
So it it is not unusual judge.
In Bill Clinton's time political people both inside could be close circle of the administration and outside.
Played a hand in crafting and end the year before an election or less it's a what you'd expect -- -- sad may be regrettable it's a fact of life.
Residents consider this -- in this State of the Union Address that immediately precedes their reelection.
Judge it is the most him.
Everyone watches or hears about it and it sets the tone and the agenda for the entire year.
How important is the rebuttal.
From that person chosen by the party other than the presidents that immediately follows that I speak tonight of course of governor Daniels of Indiana and his.
Each tonight hugely important -- Well couple reasons first it sets the tone for the Republican party for the opposition but second if you succeed you project yourself.
-- onto the national stage and if you fail as Bobby jingle did a couple of years ago right succeed play you -- Even if it be temporary.
All right -- How is it that governor Daniels was chosen to give this speech is it random -- simple -- name out of a hatteras this.
Calculated politics that we might need makes games that to do something more than just give this speech in the next six months judgment.
It is calculated politics the Republican establishment.
Is in -- I've spoken to bond -- and donors.
Who are we -- there are rich people that get precisely right wouldn't who were prepared to give.
Huge events for governor Romney who now are quote.
Neutral so Mitch Daniels.
Is literally the candidate in waiting did did did did Newt Gingrich is victory in South Carolina give a lot of I just does might go one of my grandmother is what is said.
To the establishment.
More than -- -- its full fledged.
Panicked about Gingrich being the nominee are you telling me that it's possible that the establishment where they -- are.
Would actually give their blessing to Mitch Daniels who said no who doesn't have a campaign who hasn't raised any money and who's not running.
More than that we've talked on this program.
About how the rules changed flexibly in the political parties Democrat and Republican right I think judge that that establishment.
And amorphous group to be sure we'll do everything possible to deny Newt Gingrich got it does show thanks -- -- -- skew our special coverage of the.
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