Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: Attention From Illinois Edition

Nov 29, 2017

Both Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-IL) are paying attention to Purdue's president.
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As the Higher Learning Commission, a regulatory body charged with accrediting colleges, gets closer to making recommendations about Purdue’s proposed merger with Kaplan University, the heat on Purdue President Mitch Daniels is increasing.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has called Purdue’s leader out specifically on Twitter, saying he’s misleading people about the deal.

This follows Durbin and fellow Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sending a letter to Daniels questioning the amount of risk Purdue will shoulder if the purchase goes through.

On today’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, we’ll ask about the back-and-forth with the Senior Senator from Indiana’s neighbor to the west, as well as about how that state’s governor has taken a page out of Daniels’ book, by appearing in campaign ads riding a motorcycle.

Governor Bruce Rauner has said he wants to govern like Daniels did, but what does the former Indiana governor think of comparisons by the leader of a state he’s described as “like living next door to the Simpsons”?