Gov. Mitch Daniels' Advice for 'Keeping the Republic'

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WASHINGTON - Although he's not in the presidential race, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels wrote a book he hopes will be used by those who can steer America back in the right direction.

Daniels won his seat with more votes than any other candidate in Hoosier history and with no previous experience running for office.

He's no career politician, but he is a Washington insider. Daniels served as an adviser to President Ronald Reagan and financial guru under President George W. Bush.

"The phone's still ringing [about running for president], but number one, I think there's some really good people running. I think there's several who could make good presidents," Daniels told CBN News.

He added that he never intended to run for president. Instead, he wrote the book, Keeping the Republic.

In it, he said he gives directions for putting the "people" back in "We the people."

"Have a look at Greece right now. Greece, the original cradle of democracy of course, has shown how it can go wrong," Daniels explained, describing the possible worst-case scenario for America's economy.

"This is not a philosophical or ideological matter at this phase, it's arithmetic," he continued. "And the debt levels we've piled up and are scheduled to add to if we don't do something very decisive very soon."

An entire chapter in Daniels' book is dedicated to convincing leaders to dial down what he calls "the demonization and even criminalization of political differences" in Washington.

"They will punish and paralyze the American economy to the extent that we won't have the American dream of a better tomorrow. And we're not far away from this," Daniels said.

"If you believe, as I do, that we are facing a genuine survival level threat to the America we've known and the American dream that we've cherished, then I think you're drilling to the conclusion that you'll do what it takes to head that off," he added when asked if lawmakers should compromise on their political position.

Despite his warnings, Daniels is optimistic about America's future.

"We have the chance, not only to re-establish our standard of living," he said. "But to prove to the skeptics of history that creatures of God can look after themselves and together look after each other."

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