In an interview with Fox News, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels tried put to rest rumors of a potential campaign as Mitt Romney’s running mate.
“If I thought that call was coming, I would disconnect the phone,” Daniels said on Monday.
According to the Hill, Daniels is the latest Republican leader to say he would not accept a bid as Romney”s potential vice presidential candidate if an offer was extended. Daniels name has frequently been thrown around to join Romney.
Daniels said Romney’s camp has not contacted him regarding an offer, and he added it’s “not an office I want to hold, expect to hold, have any plans to hold,” the Hill reported.
As Daniels entered his eighth and final year as governor, there have been reports that he will retire permanently from office.
Daniels joins Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as the second Republican in two weeks to remove himself from consideration. Pawlenty told the Minnesota Star Tribune last week to “take my name off the list.”