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Updated with Daniels Interview: President 2012: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Will NOT Run for President

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The Indy Star is up with an interview of Governor Mitch Daniels.

“On matters affecting us all, our family constitution gives a veto to the women’s caucus, and there is no override provision,” Daniels said. “Simply put, I find myself caught between two duties. I love my country; I love my family more.”

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels answers questions Thursday, May 19, 2011, at the Palais Royale ballroom during a breakfast speech in South Bend, Indiana

Mitch Daniels is out of the race for 2012.

Gov. Mitch Daniels and many Republicans think he could have been the next president of the United States  but he will not run, saying his wife and daughters vetoed that choice.

I will not be a candidate, Daniels said in a statement given exclusively late Saturday to The Indianapolis Star.

Those words ended 17 months of speculation  and downright begging from anxious Republicans searching for a candidate who can beat President Barack Obama.

There will be plenty more in the morning. But, this development certainly helps Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman.

Stay tuned as the Bush donors scramble to find someone to draft to be the anti-Romney candidate. My best guess is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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President 2012: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Will NOT Run for President

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels answers questions Thursday, May 19, 2011, at the Palais Royale ballroom during a breakfast speech in South Bend, Indiana

Mitch Daniels is out of the race for 2012.
Gov. Mitch Daniels and many Republicans think he could have been the next president of the United States — but he will not run, saying his wife and daughters vetoed that choice.

“I will not be a candidate,” Daniels said in a statement given exclusively late Saturday to The Indianapolis Star.

Those words ended 17 months of speculation — and downright begging from anxious Republicans searching for a candidate who can beat President Barack Obama.

There will be plenty more in the morning. But, this development certainly helps Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman.

Stay tuned as the Bush donors scramble to find someone to draft to be the anti-Romney candidate. My best guess is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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Flap’s Links and Comments for May 21st on 22:36

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These are my links for May 21st from 22:36 to 22:36:

  • Mitch Daniels won’t run in 2012 – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told supporters in a midnight email early Sunday that he is opting against a 2012 presidential run, a decision that will again roil the GOP field and leave many party establishment figures looking for alternatives.In the end, he said, he couldn’t convince his family to get on board. His wife, Cheri, was known to have concerns about a campaign.
    The email went out from Indiana GOP chief Eric Holcombe, a key Daniels adviser, soon after midnight, with the word “Urgent” in the subject line.

    The following is from Governor Mitch Daniels….” the email began.
    “I hope this reaches you before the public news does,” Daniels wrote. “If so, please respect my confidence for the short time until I can make it known to all.

    “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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