Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Sunday he has decided against jumping into the 2012 presidential race, saying a campaign would counter “the interests and wishes of my family.”
Mr. Daniels had been encouraged to run by many Republican governors and party leaders, who said the reputation he built in Indiana as a budget hawk would fit the public mood. Mr. Daniels had equivocated in public over whether to run, and his decision settles one of the major questions hanging over the 2012 Republican presidential field.
His announcement came in an email to supporters just after midnight Sunday morning.