Daniels Speaks About Decision Not To Seek Presidency

Daniels says his 3 daughter's lives would be disrupted by his run.

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The governor has committed to serving as governor.

In some of his first public comments since deciding not to run for President, Mitch Daniels says he’s focused on doing his job as governor.

Daniels says his decision not to pursue a chance at the White House resulted primarily from his family’s loss of privacy.

“I’ve got three daughters,” he said, “just early in their married lives. Think about the disruption of that that it would have meant.”

The governor says he will work for the remainder of his term on advancing his agenda, which includes local government and criminal justice reforms. He says he will continue to keep an eye on the presidential race, encouraging candidates to talk about the country’s fiscal situation.

But Daniels sidestepped questions on a possible shot at the vice presidency.

“I don’t have anything to say about,” he said, “it’s just so far-fetched and there’s just next to zilch chance that the question would ever even be presented, I’m not going to spend any time worrying about it.”

Daniels says he hasn’t given any thought to what he’ll do once his time as governor ends.

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