Washington (CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is appearing somewhat so-so about mounting a presidential bid, telling the Indianapolis Star the process is "savage" and suggesting it's likely he'll end up supporting another Republican White House hopeful.
"I like all those folks," said Daniels of the likely GOP presidential field in comments published Wednesday. "Odds are I'll wind up supporting one of 'em, so I've got nothing but good things to say about them."
"I always thought if I had a contribution to make beyond being governor it might be to offer some thoughts like these and support somebody else who might do it. It might still work out that way," the Indiana Republican added.
Daniels, the former budget director under President Bush who - to the chagrin of some in his party - has long advocated the importance of fiscal concerns over social issues, also reiterated that he'll make his final decision soon after his state's legislative season ends at the end of this month.
"It's already, honestly, later than what I thought. I thought that anybody in this odd position would have to have had his hand forced by now," he said.