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11:40 am
Wed July 17, 2013

AP: Former Indiana Gov. Daniels Sought to Censor Academic Writings; Daniels Denies

Emails obtained by The Associated Press show Mitch Daniels worked during his second term as Indiana governor to eliminate what he considered liberal breeding grounds at the state's public universities.

Daniels is now the president of Purdue University, where he has pledged to promote academic freedom since taking office in January.

The AP says Daniels requested in 2010 that liberal historian and anti-war activist Howard Zinn's writings be banned from classrooms and asked for a "cleanup" of college courses he called "propaganda."

Emails also show he tried to silence an IUPUI professor critical of Daniels’ education overhaul.

The efforts have renewed concerns about Daniels' qualifications to lead a major research university, months after critics questioned his lack of academic credentials and his hiring by a board he appointed.

Free speech advocates call Daniels' emails "shocking."

Daniels, a Republican who was Indiana governor from 2005 through last year, fired back Wednesday morning, saying he was only asking if Zinn’s writings were used in K-12 classrooms, where the state has control over curriculum.

He called the AP story “unfair and erroneous,” telling the West LaFayette Journal and Courier that he would defend Zinn if the historian had tenure at Purdue.