Daniels will decide on presidential bid before May
December 16th, 2010
09:03 AM ET
3 years ago

Daniels will decide on presidential bid before May

Washington (CNN) - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is setting a deadline for when he must decide whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Daniels, a favorite among Republican insiders who respect his fiscally conservative record, said Wednesday that he must figure out his plans by the end of April, when Indiana's legislative session is slated to wrap up.

"I think the decision has to come at the end of this General Assembly session, if not before. No later than that," Daniels told Fort Wayne television station WANE. "In fairness to people from all over the place – many of whom I've only read about before – who like this idea [of Daniels running for president], I owe them some kind of an answer."

Daniels has remained mostly cagey about his intentions. Though the governor has resisted invitations to visit key primary states, he's also welcomed national reporters to Indiana to discuss the possibility.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has also said he plans to wait until after his state's legislative session concludes before making his intentions known.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He doesn't look presidential. On top of that, conservatism has gotten us into the mess we're in now.

    December 16, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. carrotroot

    Hmph ... never heard of this guy.

    December 16, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Seattle Sue

    Daniels and Boss Hog Barbour will enjoy traveling and playing politics on other people's money, but in the end they will fail in their bid for the Presidency and go home a few pounds heavier.

    December 16, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. chris

    I will give you guys a secret, in general folks really do not care what a candidate credentials are about or for the most part where they really stand on issues. I mean sure we do not want a dummy leading the country..i.e. Bush. Now, what folks really look for are looks!! If you are young and have the looks and some smarts you can probably get the nod. People now days are going after the person that looks and sounds good. So all you old folks that still have values dating back to the 19th century and look old can GSD (go sit down).

    December 16, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Other than a governor, what is his claim to fame? What has he done with his state that makes him a good candidate for the presidency?

    December 16, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Hope he does. He is the front runner for me.

    December 16, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. rusty155

    I hope you run , I would vote REPUBLICAN again.

    December 16, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. W33ZY

    Daniels is by far the most competent potential candidate in the GOP field right now, & he doesn't have a lot of politically toxic baggage like Romney,Palin, & Gingrich do. His biggest obstacle is money, name recognition, & (lack of) charisma.

    December 16, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |