Sunday, May 22, 2011

BREAKING: Mitch Daniels Not Running for President

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels sent out the following midnight e-mail to supporters:

POLITICO's Maggie Haberman reports:
"The following is from Governor Mitch Daniels…." the email began. 
“I hope this reaches you before the public news does," Daniels wrote. "If so, please respect my confidence for the short time until I can make it known to all. 
"The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate. 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," he added. "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." 
"Many thanks for your help and input during this period of reflection. 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.”

Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star:
Gov. Mitch Daniels and many Republicans think he could have been the next president of the United States — but he will not run, saying his wife and daughters vetoed that choice.
Schneider also sends out the following tweets:
Daniels tells The Star: "I love my country. I love my family more." 
Daniels tells Indy Star exclusively that his "family constitution gives a veto to the women's caucus and there is no override provision."

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