(CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday he'll make a final decision about running for president in the coming months, but stressed that he currently has no intention of seeking the Republican nomination in 2012.
His statement came in response to the latest story to spark talk about a potential Daniels candidacy: a Politico article detailing a series of private dinners the governor has held with top national GOP donors and policy experts in Indianapolis.
With his star rising among Republicans searching for a staunch fiscal conservative in the 2012 field, the soft-spoken, 5'7" budget hawk has repeatedly denied interest in seeking the White House.
But he's also carefully left the door open to a possible bid. Daniels has strenuously avoided making appearances in key presidential nominating states, for example, but his staff has also welcomed national political reporters to Indiana to profile the governor and his repair work on the state's economy.
The full statement from Daniels, after the jump:
"I've said I have no intention or plan to run for president. That is true.
I've said I'm not taking any of the steps or going to any of the places that a presidential candidate would go. That is true.
I've said that many people have asked to visit with me about a candidacy and about reconsidering my disinclination to run. That is true.
I have said that my priorities and my attention are firmly fixed on my duties here in Indiana. That is true.
I've said I've made no final decision about running for president and won't for months, and that is true.
The Politico article and other recent stories confirm the truthfulness and accuracy of each of these statements."