Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says sorry, not running for president
May 22nd, 2011
05:41 AM ET
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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says sorry, not running for president

(CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a former top aide to George W. Bush, ended his very public flirtation with running for president early Sunday with an e-mail to supporters that narrowed the field of plausible 2012 Republican challengers to President Barack Obama.

"The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate," Daniels said in the message distributed through the Indiana Republican Party.

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  1. Ron

    What republican besides Mitt wants/has the money to burn on a run for president? These guys see what their party is doing to this country and know they cannot win! The so-called ryan plan and republican support for it was the final nail in the coffin. This republican congress has screwed the party for decades to come. That's the sad fact. They completely lost their minds when a black man won the presidency. It's time for them to start cooperating with the president to protect American values/rights/jobs/healthcare in hopes of restoring people's trust in them 25 yrs from now. It will take that long to recover.....

    May 22, 2011 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  2. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Works for me. Anyone that becomes the Governor of a state and puts their budget in the red like he did for the nation under former President Bush, does not get my vote! Please note: I am very liberal and believe that all persons must live within their means. This does not mean that the government cannot help those in need. By the way, Social Security and Medicare are NOT entitlement programs. We paid into those programs for decades as working Americans.

    May 22, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  3. Marie MD

    He didn't have a chance but at least his family knows that every little skeleton in the closet will come out.
    barber man lost 40 poinds and gave it up. The huckster reazlied that he was too christian. the trumpet man is a joke. The rest will continue to fall starting with the AK bimbo who has plenty in her closet and about 1/2 of it already out in the open.

    May 22, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  4. GI Joe

    AHA! That bang on the head knocked some sense into THAT ONE. Maybe we should see to it that Gingrich and Palin get hit in the head with a door too. Early on would save us a lot of vitriol and lies.

    May 22, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  5. FRANK FROM LAS VEGAS

    Of course he said no. While the so called New GOP loves him, you can't run for president when you know that you could no longer even carry your own state. His attack on the middle class just to give tax breaks to the rich just doesn't fly, not in Indiana and not in the country. All of these GOP govs. did not campaign on what they are doing and there is real revolt against what they are doing to the middle class. No member of the GOP with half a brain isn't going to run against the President, I guess that means that we can expect Half Gov. Palin to run.

    May 22, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  6. The Greedy Old Pigs are trying to con America!

    This will make Huntsman the new Great White Dope for the GOBP. Unfortunately he showed just how dopey he is by endorsing Ryan's attack on Medicare. Huntsman is the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing. He claims to be moderate and tries to appear to be moderate, yet he holds the same radically destructive views as the rightwing extremist birthbaggers.

    May 22, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  7. Me 2

    Daniels out. Palin says she has fire in her belly, but it is just constipation. She is full of it. Huckabee puts his mortgage before his country. Gingrich shows the hypocrisy of the GOP: right wing nut jobs that cannot live up to their own standards. He was screwing around on his wife, while criticizing Clinton for doing the same. I cannot wait to see how the next GOP goes up in flames.

    May 22, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  8. Chris

    another one bites the dust!!! LOL

    May 22, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  9. larry

    Another big mouth with no action

    May 22, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  10. Anthony

    The GOP is saying to Obama: "Listen, we know we don't have a prayer. Let us just skip the 2012 election, and put the couple of trillion dollars in campaign money toward reducing the national debt. This way we don't have to dismantle Medicare to find the trillions of dollars needed to cut the deficit and fund the tax cuts (We thought there would be trillions of wasteful spending in Obama's budget, but all we could find was a measly 60 billion dollars. We can't just cut the spending on Obama's health care bill, because much of the spending on that bill is deferred until after 2014), and our House members don't have to tell the voters they need to give up Medicare so that we can afford the tax cuts."

    May 22, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  11. Jeff in Virginia

    Oh No... What will Peter Hamby do now??

    May 22, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. FM

    It is quite impressive to see how the GOP contenders have come quickly to understand things. Most of them have been clever and smart to realise the road to the White House is full of blocks on the way through. Good to spare time and money which one can utilise in another opportunity/occasion!

    May 22, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |