Politics

Mitch Daniels will not run in 2012

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will not run for the Republican nomination for President in 2012.

Daniels announced his decision in a heartfelt email late Saturday night to supporters.

“The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate,” Daniels wrote in the email. “In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry. If you feel that this was a non-courageous or unpatriotic decision, I understand and will not attempt to persuade you otherwise. I only hope that you will accept my sincerity in the judgment I reached.”

Daniels had been very open about the fact that his wife and four daughters were hesitant about a run and what it would subject their family to.

He ended the email with his typical self-deprecating humor.

“Please stay in touch if you see ways in which an obscure Midwestern governor might make a constructive contribution to the rebuilding of our economy and our Republic,” he wrote.