Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: What's The Definition Of 'Political'?

Jun 23, 2016

We chat with the President about his picks for the Presidential Lecture Series and about whether the former Republican politician will gel with the liberal leader of the University Senate.
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Mitch Daniels came into the Purdue presidency vowing to stay away from politics as he pursued a job in academic administration.

But when you’re arguably the most popular Republican in a red state, and when conservative columnists regularly call for your return to partisan life, it can be hard to stick to such proclamations.

On this month’s conversation with Mitch Daniels, we ask him about some areas where that line might be getting a little blurry.

One area where politics seems to be creeping into Mitch Daniels’ life is his relationship with the new chairman of the Purdue Senate, who’s a liberal Democrat.

The two both profess to be cordial in their professional relationship, but there’s been some sniping back and forth between the two in the past.

On this month’s program, we examine that relationship and how it might shape governance of the University in the next year.