Daniels was on the show to promote his book, “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans,” published in September last year.
title. “Do I have to trust all Americans? Because my understanding is that about 47 percent are parasites.”
Colbert was referring to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s statements and other conservatives’ complaints that 47 percent of U.S. households didn’t pay any federal income tax in 2011.
“Governors who release books are often testing the waters for the presidency. Are you thinking about jumping in?” the host asked Daniels. “There are 12 days left — that’s longer than the entire Tim Pawlenty campaign.”
Colbert also zinged Daniels about a president’s job he did accept. The governor announced in June he’ll be the next president of Purdue University.
“As governor, you cut $30 million from Purdue’s budget,” Colbert said. “Is that gonna be awkward in the lunch line when you’re there? Are they gonna say, ‘Sorry the food’s so crappy, but somebody cut $30 million from our Froot Loops budget.’ ”
Despite all the jokes, Daniels still gave Colbert a Purdue hat as a gift at the end of the interview and asked him to film the show sometime in West Lafayette.
A vote that counts
The Democratic chairman for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District helped comedian Mo
Rocca explain the Electoral College last week on “CBS Sunday Morning.”
Rocca said many people don’t understand the process that’s used to elect the U.S. president.
“When you and I vote in the presidential election, we aren’t voting directly for the candidates — that would be too logical,”
Rocca said. “We’re voting for electors — actual people who pledge to vote for that candidate. Indiana, for example, has 11 electoral votes. So, who are these electors?”
Rocca then spoke to Mike Schmuhl, the 2nd District Democratic chairman and chief of staff to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Schmuhl is one of the state’s Democratic electors, and Rocca interviewed him in September at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
“If Barack Obama wins Indiana’s popular vote on November 6, Schmuhl, in a separate December election, will cast his vote for Obama — a vote that actually counts,” Rocca said.
“So,” he said, “very few people know that if you’re an Indiana Democrat voting, you think, for Barack Obama, that you’re actually voting for Mike Schmuhl.”
Compiled by Tribune staff writer Kevin Allen.