(CNN) – Mitch Daniels is nearing his self-imposed timetable for making a decision about a presidential run, but the Indiana governor says his thought process on the issue remains 'muddled.'
Yet Daniels - the former Bush budget director whose cause célèbre was deficit reduction before deficit reduction was cool – added that if he does pull trigger he will get serious in a hurry.
"I don't want to leave a misimpression. If we get in, we will go all out, and we know a little about how to do that," Daniels told the Washington Post in comments published Monday. "So reluctance or hesitation about running doesn't mean we would be a reluctant candidate if we got there."
Daniels has repeatedly said he would make a presidential decision shortly after the Indiana legislature wraps up business at the end of April.
One factor that is clearly playing a role in Daniels' decision making is the impact a national campaign would have on his wife and four daughters. In an interview last month, Daniels' wife Cherri expressed some trepidation about the prospect.
"It's very flattering, of course, to be talked about for that position," she told CNN affiliate WSBT before an appearance in Elkhart, Indiana. "But there are many, many things to consider and it affects our entire family. And it affects us for not just what might be four years or eight years, but for the remainder of our lives as well."
Asked about how his family is playing into the decision process, Daniels told the post: "I don't have much more to say about that. It's just a very important factor."