This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has lived through several campaigns. A better headline would be "voters don't want to hear the bad stuff". All the candidates are scripted by paid political consultants, and that is their mantra.
Republican Calls for a More Honest Debate
By JEFF ZELENY,
Published: September 18, 2011
New York Times
WASHINGTON — Four months after he decided against jumping into the Republican presidential race, Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana says that he has occasionally been frustrated by the discourse in the campaign and that the field could benefit from at least one more contender whose candidacy was rooted in a message of fiscal discipline.
Mr. Daniels said his party’s candidates had a responsibility to conduct a “more candid and honest” conversation about the nation’s financial burdens, particularly Social Security and Medicare.
“Somebody else could still enter and have a competitive chance,” Mr. Daniels said in a weekend interview. “The candidate I could get instantly excited about is someone who is willing to level with the American people and assume they are prepared to listen to the mathematical facts and agree that whatever other disagreements we have aren’t as important.”
Mr. Daniels, who is among the country’s most respected Republican governors, has not chosen a favorite candidate in the party’s nominating contest. He said the recent contentious exchanges over Social Security between the party’s leading candidates, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, had not advanced the debate.
Mr. Perry has questioned the constitutionality of the program, which he has referred to as a “Ponzi scheme” and a “monstrous lie.” Mr. Romney has seized on those remarks as a main distinction between the two men, but he has devoted more time to criticizing Mr. Perry’s statements than to outlining his own ideas for the program.
“I don’t think any of this is very helpful,” Mr. Daniels said. “If there’s a problem with ‘Ponzi scheme,’ it is that it’s too frank, not that it’s wrong. But by stopping there, he might be unnecessarily scaring people.”
The observations from Mr. Daniels come as he prepares this week to release a book, “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans.” In the book, to be released Tuesday, he calls for a new Reconstruction period in the United States and proposes major changes to entitlement programs to help control the deficit and avert “the most predictable crisis we’ll ever face.”
He outlines in stark terms what he views as the nation’s precarious economic condition, suggesting that Democrats and Republicans alike have failed to adequately prepare for a new “Red menace” facing the United States.
“It’s quite possible that some Republican could win next year by just being not the president, but then what?” Mr. Daniels said. “They should campaign to govern, not just win an election.”
Mr. Daniels, a two-term governor who served as the budget director for President George W. Bush, was heavily recruited by many Republicans to run for president. He openly pondered a candidacy for months, but announced in May that he had decided against running because his four daughters and wife were not in favor of the idea.
“It was a collision of the two priorities that I had in life, and one had to prevail,” Mr. Daniels said. “There’s one statement I know of that a father has no reply: ‘Daddy, please don’t.’ ”
He added, “The only thing I probably could have done differently is simply seeing the writing on the wall and said no sooner.”
His decision to stay out of the race played a role in Mr. Perry’s decision to announce his intentions last month. Mr. Daniels said the rise of Mr. Perry’s candidacy suggested that it remained possible for another Republican candidate — he declined to say who — to still consider running for the party’s nomination.
“He proved it wasn’t too late — I don’t think it’s too late yet,” Mr. Daniels said, noting that he had “tried to recruit three or four people.”
He added, “In the wired world we’re in, somebody new could get in.”
To be Truly ignorant, Man requires an Education - Plato
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