Mitch Daniels,  President 2012

President 2012: Mitch Daniels Close to a Decision

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels greets first lady Cheri Daniels before she speaks at the state Republican Party fundraiser in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 12, 2011

This is what the Indiana governor tells the AP.

Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday that it won’t be long before he makes a decision on whether he’ll run for president in 2012.

Daniels said he doesn’t have a timetable for announcing the decision once it’s made, and that he’s really only focused his attention on the issue since the legislative session ended in late April.

“It’s only been a couple of weeks,” Daniels said. “I’ll decide pretty quickly.”

Political observers are watching Daniels’ every move for signs of a possible decision. Some recently speculated on Twitter that he would run, which Daniels seemed to find surprising Tuesday.

“I don’t Twitter so I wonder who made the decision,” Daniels said. “It didn’t start with me, obviously.”

Daniels also laughed at speculation that he would announce his plans at the Indianapolis 500 or sometime after the May 29 race.

“I don’t have a fixed date,” Daniels said before speaking at a meeting of Indiana state agency officials to review state government performance.

“I’m not going to take much longer with it,” he added.

What about organization and fundraising for a Presidential GOP Primary campaign?

I have it on good authority that Daniel’s campaign has been meeting with the Bush Presidential donors with the help of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. So, when Daniels says he will have plenty of money for a campaign, he knows how much and from where it is coming.

Why do you think Mitt Romney put on such a fundraising display yesterday?

I predict that Daniels will announce shortly before or shortly after Memorial Day and the Indianapolis 500 Race.