Citing an inability to to get approval from his family to run Mitch Daniels says no to the 2012 Presidential race. In an extremely late night Saturday or very early morning Sunday email to his supporters Daniels wrote:
In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one. The interests and wishes of my family is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry.
Personally I didn’t find Mitch to be very exciting. I know a lot of Republicans, particularly D.C. Republicans, were high on Mitch because he won in a Blue State, got himself re-elected even, and was able to pass legislation that is considered conservative in that very state. He should have had success considering he had a large Republican majority to both houses of the Indiana General Assembly in 2010. In the end I think the Minority Walk Out helped him more than it hurt. His “truce” comment over social issues didn’t play well with us conservatives but I almost have to understand where he’s coming from as I have said myself many times that if we can’t fix this economic nightmare our country is in… social issues won’t matter one bit.
All in all if Daniels had won the nomination he would have had my vote. I would have liked to see what he could have added to the process, what influence he would have had over the direction of the field. For now we’ll just have to sit back and see how this effects the cast of characters to come.