Reporting from Washington — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, congressional Republicans have announced.
Daniels is beginning the final year of his two-term governorship of a state Obama narrowly carried in the 2008 campaign. A former budget director to President George W. Bush, he has been a critic of Obama's fiscal stewardship of the nation.
"Mitch Daniels is a fierce advocate for smaller, less costly and more accountable government, and has the record to prove it," House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement. "As governor, he has turned deficits into surplus, reformed government from top to bottom, and created a better environment for private-sector job creation. For making tough choices and keeping his promises, Mitch Daniels is the right choice at the right time to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's address."
"It's an honor to be asked. I hope to do the assignment justice," said Daniels, who opted against running for president last spring.