Daniels: ‘I Will Always Be Sorry’
Mitch Daniels reported early Sunday that he will not run for president because of family considerations, narrowing the field in the race for the GOP nomination.
Daniels sent an email message to supporters that read, “In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one,” Daniels wrote. ” 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 expressed interest in getting in the race partly because it would give him a national platform to ensure the country’s fiscal health would remain part of the 2012 debate. Daniels had been considering a bid for months and was pressured by many in the establishment wing of the party hungering for a conservative with a strong fiscal record to run.
Daniels said his family – his wife and four daughters – was a sticking point.
“The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate,” Daniels said in the middle-of-the-night message.
“If you feel that this was a non-courageous or unpatriotic decision, I understand and will not attempt to persuade you otherwise,” he added. “I only hope that you will accept my sincerity in the judgment I reached.”
He becomes the latest Republican to opt against a run as the GOP searches for a Republican to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.
His wife, Cheri, filed for divorce in 1993 and moved to California to remarry, leaving him to raise their four daughters in Indiana. She later divorced, and she and Daniels reconciled and remarried in 1997.
Mrs. Daniels had never taken much of a public role in her husband’s political career.
Advisers privately suggested that the outcome could encourage Daniels to run for president. Even so, Republicans in Washington and Indiana with ties put the odds at 50/50 to Daniels.
Mitch Daniels caused a stir among cultural conservatives by saying the next president facing economic crisis “would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues.”
Daniels made his intentions clear in a understated e-mail.
E-mail ended: “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.”