(CNN) – A close adviser to Mitch Daniels promised Monday that the Indiana governor would "continue to be part of the conversation" during the presidential race, but he offered scant details when asked if he plans to endorse a candidate or recruit a new face into the Republican field.
"I can see him wanting to contribute to the cause but there is no timeline or shot clock" for choosing a candidate to support, Indiana GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb told reporters on conference call Monday.
Holcomb was asked several times if Daniels would consider being on the Republican ticket as a running mate. He downplayed the possibility, but added: "I am not going to take it off the table for him."
Holcomb was one of a handful of Daniels backers putting together a campaign operation for the governor, which he said was ready to mobilize up until Daniels decided not to run on Saturday.
"We had multiple people ready to step into key spots if he decided to go," Holcomb said.
Holcomb stressed that Daniels was confident he could have won the nomination and White House, but he said Daniels' desire to heed his family's wishes was the ultimately factor in his decision to forgo a 2012 bid. Daniels has said his wife and children were reluctant to embark on such a public endeavor.
"He heard the call to serve in higher office from coast to coast, but at the end of the day he was caught between two distinct duties, and they ultimately they couldn't be squared," he said.
Holcomb would not say whether Daniels plans to endorse one of the candidates currently in the race, or work to draw in another Republican who shares Daniels' commitment to reducing the debt and reforming entitlements.
When asked if his boss is satisfied with the current crop of candidates – highlighted by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman – Holcomb paused for several seconds before explaining that Daniels' flirtation with a presidential bid "wasn't necessarily a knock on who's out there running now."
"He is, I'm sure, optimistic that someone, if not multiple candidates, will catch on and get traction," he said.