There was a lot of speculation about Indiana First Lady Cheri Daniels’ first major public speech Thursday, but ultimately, she declined to talk politics.
Mrs. Daniels made it clear from the outset her speech wasn’t going to touch on her husband’s possible run for the White House.
“In the past,” she said, “the keynote speaker for this event has always given a very politically-inspired speech. Well, if you came here tonight expecting that, I’m sorry to report that you will be disappointed.”
Her comments focused on her role as First Lady. The speech was primarily the same one she gives at local events around the state; Thursday marked the first time she did so in front of such a large crowd, which was reported to be nearly 1,100 people.
The governor, while introducing his wife, acknowledged many people may have been expecting some sort of announcement about his presidential ambitions. But he still would not give a definitive answer.
“This whole business,” he said, “of running for national office; I’m not saying I won’t do it.”
The record crowd waved signs reading “Run Mitch Run” as the governor was introduced.