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Mitch Daniels insists he won’t run for president in 2012
It’s unlikely any Republican mulling a 2012 presidential campaign will make their bid official until after the midterms. Though it will be a few more months before anyone officially enters campaign mode, one potential candidate has made it clear that he is not in the running. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said Wednesday that he is not seeking his party’s nomination in the next presidential election.
Daniels has seen his name bandied about as a potential dark horse in the upcoming presidential primary. He was featured in a June Weekly Standard cover story that significantly increased his profile and had pundits discussing his viability against the more high-profile candidates.
But in an interview with the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal Daniels dismissed a potential run:
“This is nothing I have started, encouraged,” said Daniels, a Republican in his second term. “People have asked, ‘Please don’t absolutely close your mind’ and I have said I’ll think about it.”
“It’s nothing I’m going to do anything about,” Daniels said.
In 2006, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack was the first candidate to officially enter the race, an announcement he made several days after that year’s midterms. The majority of candidates did not make things official until early 2007. This cycle may see candidates make their announcement even later than the last presidential campaigns. So far there has been a noticeably slower pace of activity in early primary states, and earlier this month the RNC set rules pushing back the primary dates from their 2008 schedule.