Washington (CNN) – Days after the expected end of the Indiana legislative term, Gov. Mitch Daniels will come to Washington for a high profile speech on education.
The American Enterprise Institute announced Tuesday that Daniels, a possible Republican presidential candidate, would speak before the group May 4th. Daniels made education reform a centerpiece of his January State of the State address, pushing for voucher programs and expanded charter schools.
He told the legislature in the televised speech, "Now comes the chance to lead in ways that, long term, may matter more than" any other issue they had tackled. "The need for major improvement, and the chance for achieving it, is so enormous tonight that the opportunity rises to the level of duty".
The education message will only be part of media's focus in the May speech at AEI, which is a independent conservative think tank. Daniels has said he would decide on a run for the Republican presidential nomination after the session ended. And reporters and political observers will be parsing Daniels' comments on where his decision stands.
Daniels has made appearances like a keynote dinner address at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February, a speech on tough choices needed on the debt that drew heavy media coverage and new speculation on a Daniels candidacy.
Daniels has also said in interviews he would write a book this fall on fiscal discipline. And in March, away from the lights of television cameras, he spoke at the Gridiron Dinner in Washington, where President Obama also appeared.
But in some interviews, Daniels has expressed doubts and even ambivalence over the idea of running. In an interview on a Laura Ingraham radio show last month if the legislative session ran past its scheduled end date, "That could well get in the way of any national participation. If it does, it does."