Daniels: Family 'scared to death' about 2012 run
January 3rd, 2011
12:05 PM ET
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Daniels: Family 'scared to death' about 2012 run

(CNN) – Now that it's 2011, potential GOP presidential candidates are being asked left and right about their Oval Office ambitions.

The latest to sound off is Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a dark-horse favorite among many Beltway insiders who believe his economic conservatism and no-nonsense personality might jibe perfectly with the broader mood of the electorate.

"There has now been so much of it, you can't ignore it," Daniels, the former Bush budget director, said of the 2012 speculation during an interview with the Terre Haute Tribune Star in article published Monday.

Daniels, who stopped far short of denying he is eyeing a presidential bid, said he's not happy with the national media's caricature of him as a "cerebral and boring" politician.

"It's as if they think you couldn't be smart and funny at the same time," Daniels said of media pundits who often praise Daniels resume by note his seeming lack of excitement. "It's as if you're either a person of the people or a wonk. They can't quite cope with the idea that maybe you could be a little bit of both."

Still, Daniels admits he lacks a certain flash-in-the-pan energy of other potential 2012 candidates.

"For them politics is television and tarmacs," he said of other candidates, without naming names. "They're raising money, having little media stunts and they're closeted away with consultants. We are at the other end of the earth from that."

In fact, in perhaps his biggest hint yet he is serious about a presidential bid, Daniels said his biggest concern when it comes to 2012 is a campaign may impact his wife and four grown daughters.

"It scares them to death," he said. "And it should."

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  1. MAC

    To all you liberals who think the democrats are better at fiscal matters had better stop your personal medical MJ experiments. Any republican who runs for president or nay other office already has a big enemy to worry about, " The Liberal Elite Media" with their KNOWN BIAS against coservatives! Daniels does have a strong point in that he is not a pre-modonna liberal elite like our current President

    January 3, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. AR1000

    He does not have a chance, especially against the Big name Republicans. Plus his record really isn't that great. Just because Republicans won the midterm, they need to remember that most of the Democrats did not vote. In 2012, it may be a different story

    January 3, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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