(CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a possible presidential candidate in 2012, affirmed Wednesday that Sarah Palin is an energizing force among Republicans but suggested her political reach has its limits.
Asked his opinion of Palin in an interview with the editorial board of the Louisville Courier-Journal, a newspaper that covers parts of southern Indiana, Daniels said Palin has a "potentially positive" role in the GOP but added: "Let's wait and see."
"She clearly reaches and energizes some people who hadn't been active before," Daniels said. "That's always a good thing, whoever brings that up. She is an appealing figure, at least to a number of people."
Daniels instead suggested the country needs a leader with the ability to bring disparate factions together to solve what he named as the primary problems facing the country: the growing debt and national security.
"Let me say it this way," Daniels said. "To do the sort of things that I personally believe are necessary for the American experiment to continue as anything like we have known it, that is for us to be a place of hope and upward mobility, I believe we are going to have to do some very decisive things."
Daniels said "the only way for these improbable things to occur" is that "a broad coalition of people, broader than we're used to lately, would have to agree, maybe to set aside disagreements on other things, because if we don't deal with the debt problem, if we don't face squarely the new threats to our lives in a national security context, some of these other disagreements aren't going to matter very much at all."
The governor, who has stirred real presidential buzz among Republican power players in Washington in recent months, stressed that "we've got to come together broadly and do these things that are in all our interests."
Asked is his own political future included a shot at the White House in 2012, Daniels said, "I don't expect to be a candidate again."