- Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Image via Wikimedia Commons
Governor Mitch Daniels told The Courier-Journal yesterday he was not pursuing a run for the presidency in 2012, despite long-running and widespread speculation to contrary and the endorsement of national-level GOP Hoosiers like Congressman Mike Pence and Senator Richard Lugar.
From the Courier-Journal, a newspaper based in Louisville and Southern Indiana:
“This is nothing I have started, encouraged,” said Daniels, a Republican in his second term. “People have asked, ‘Please don’t absolutely close your mind’ and I have said I’ll think about it.”
There has been increased speculation nationally and within the GOP that Daniels might seek the nomination for president in 2012. But Daniels pointed out that he’s not raising money for a campaign and is not campaigning in Iowa or other early primary states. He said that shows he’s not actively seeking the office.
“It’s nothing I’m going to do anything about,” Daniels said. “If it’s still an interesting subject in a few months, ask me then.”
Probably the most definitive statement I've heard him make on the subject, although I don't read anything that categorically precludes a run. 2012 is still a little ways off, and I see no reason why it won't still be "an interesting subject in a few months" to a lot of Republicans desperate for a leader.