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Mitch Daniels Tells Amanpour Why He’s Not Running

Mitch Daniels told Christianne Amanpour his wife and four daughters weren't thrilled with the idea of him running a campaign, in part because of privacy issues.

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Daniels cited his wife and daughters' privacy as one reason he will not run for President.

Governor Mitch Daniels appeared on ABC’s This Week with Christianne Amanpour yesterday. He explained why he’s decided not to run for the Republication nomination for President. Daniels says he thinks he’s made the right decision in choosing his family over his country. His wife and four daughters weren’t thrilled with the idea of him running a campaign, in part because of privacy issues.

Daniels explained, “We’ve got young women, three of them married not too long. They’re looking forward to building lives, starting families, and this was just a disruption that they were very, very leery of.”

Had he decided to run, Daniels would have focused on the economy. Social issues, he said, should take a back seat to dealing with the nation’s deficit—a uniting factor for Americans that, in his opinion, has long-term consequences for the U.S.’ global influence. Daniels is known for his frugality; while working for former President George W. Bush, he was even given a nickname for it.

“Because of my alleged thriftiness,” he admitted, “I had that nickname for a while… The Blade. The nicknamer-in-chief conferred that on me.”

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