Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: On Being Wrong And When To Say So

Dec 27, 2017

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A funny thing happened when Purdue President Mitch Daniels wrote a recent editorial for the Washington Post. The article came with the headline: “Is anyone ever wrong anymore,” and hundreds of commenters on the websites of various papers that ran the opinion piece tossed the question back at the former governor and appointee of the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations.

So on this, the final Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels for 2017, we ask him to put his finger on something about which he changed a deeply-held belief this year – a year in which he’s regularly said his critics are wrong about the deal to buy Kaplan University, about criticizing his response to white nationalism on campus and on other topics.

Also on this month’s show, we get Daniels’ take on the recently-passed GOP tax overhaul. Daniels, who’s regularly chided Democrats for overseeing increases in the national debt, doesn’t seem concerned with the estimated trillion extra debt dollars the new bill will add, and says he sides with his fellow Republicans in thinking it’s good for the “middle class.”