While Daniels said he won’t endorse any candidates (“I do not do that; that’s a one-way street for somebody in my position”), he thinks this election could be a make-or-break moment for America.
“If there is a change in the White House and the Congress, I think the day after that happens, you’ll see the stock market go up,” he said. “I think you’ll see small businesses starting to spend, and big businesses, starting to spend the money that they’ve got stashed away right now because they’re afraid to do anything with it. I think you’ll start to see the economy starting to turn around from day one.”
As a small business owner himself, Daniels said he isn’t pleased with Obama’s now-infamous “you didn’t build that” remarks directed at businesses.
“I have kept 25 people steadily and gainfully employed for 30 years,” Daniels said. “I have a 401k plan for my people, I have health insurance for my people. The government had absolutely nothing to do with it whatsoever, except putting in rules and regulations that make it tough — and it’s not nearly as bad on me in my profession as it is on a lot of other people in other professions.”
“Government, as it stands now, is an enemy, not an encouragement, to small businesses. One of the things that people don’t understand — and it goes along with the class envy thing — when you take money away from one person, you think, ‘well, we’re getting the fat cats.’ What you’re really doing is you’re taking it away from their employees.”
“When you take money away from me — when you raise my taxes — what you’re doing is you’re taking money away that I could go buy a new bus with and put it into the economy. I could give my people bigger Christmas bonuses. There’s all kinds of ways I could spend it to help the economy.”
“When the government gets it, it’s gone,” he said.
On the issue of gun control, Daniels added that he thinks Obama, if re-elected, would try to take Americans’ guns away with strict nonsensical gun control laws.
“It’ll come up again,” Daniels said of attempts to limit the Second Amendment. “They’re going to do it again — they’ll keep on pounding away. Obama claims now that he wants people to have the right to bear arms — I honestly don’t think he feels that way.”
“We know what Eric Holder’s about. Eric Holder should have been impeached, fired, put in jail or something a long time ago.”
Daniels points to Rahm Emanuel — Obama’s former White House chief of staff and current mayor of Chicago — as an example of how the country is in need of a change in leadership.
“We’ve got a mayor of Chicago who’s got wholesale murder going on in his city but he’s more concerned about Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage,” he said.
“That is downright stupid. Is that leadership? That’s our problem: we don’t have leadership. These people don’t understand.”