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Sunday
May222011

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Opts Out of Presidential Race

Michael Hickey/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for President, citing family considerations as a major factor in his decision.

For several months, many Republicans had been urging Daniels, hailed for his success in addressing economic issues, to consider joining the 2012 race.

Recently on ABC’s This Week television program, conservative columnist George Will predicted Daniels would be among the frontrunners in the Republican primary race.

"I think we know with reasonable certainty that standing up there on the west front of the Capitol on January 20th, 2013 will be one of three people:  Obama, Pawlenty and Daniels," Will said.

In a Saturday late night email to supporters labeled “urgent” Daniels said “I hope this reaches you before the public news does, if so, please respect my confidence for the short time until I make it known to all.”

The email explains his decision:

"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. “

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