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Daniels among voices for GOP plan

Former Gov. Mitch Daniels gets a shout-out in the Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project, the party’s new blueprint for attracting more voters from among women, minorities and young people.

In its “Messaging” section, under the heading “The Way Forward,” the plan notes that “Republicans are thriving on the state level.” It ticks off the accomplishments of five GOP governors and quotes two more plus Daniels.

The plan states that Daniels “told us that young voters’ share of the national debt is many times greater than the amount of their college loans. ‘They’re getting the shaft,’ he said. ‘There’s an opening, and a need, for someone to be their voice.’”

The document fails to mention that Daniels has become president of Purdue University – a position that by its very nature should make him an advocate, if not a voice, for young adults.

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