(AP) It's tough, Gov. Mitch Daniels says, to sound like a chief executive when you're standing before a gaggle of reporters in your bare feet.
At his weekly news conference in his Statehouse office Friday, he answered questions about the budget and other important matters _ while standing in front of a pile of shoes with his feet au naturel.
The point was to raise awareness of Samaritan's Feet, a group that collects new shoes for needy people around the world.
"Do you know how hard it is to give serious answers to questions (barefoot)?" Daniels joked to reporters. "I'm not sure you guys take me seriously anyway."
Also on hand was Ron Hunter, men's basketball coach at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, who is helping the group promote a go-barefoot campaign among high school and college coaches.
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