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Mitch Daniels makes his 2011 Beltway debut

Vince Coglianese Contributor

In Washington D.C. on Wednesday to collect a new award for fiscal responsibility, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels made the rounds as he ponders a presidential bid.

Daniels was in town to give a speech at the inaugural “Fiscy” awards, which honored him along with Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad for demonstrating leadership over fiscal discipline in their government roles. But the Hoosier held several off-the-record political meetings and appeared on MSNBC and CNN in a continuing cat-and-mouse game with the press as he builds his national name recognition in advance of a potential bid.

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Republican sources in Indiana say Daniels is about 75 percent of the way in for a presidential run. The last 25 percent of his decision will come during the next four months of the Indiana legislative session, when he will try to pass education reform and a budget.

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