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Students Who Supported Mitch Daniels Changing Direction

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Photo: Dan Goldblatt (WFIU News)

Governor Daniels says he does not want to subject his family to the stress of a presidential campaign.

A student organization supporting Mitch Daniels for President has changed its course now that the governor announced he will not run.

Two Yale students who believed Mitch Daniels was the best choice for a 2012 presidential run started the Students for Daniels group… and it spread to 68 chapters around the country. Now that Daniels has opted out of the race, the group has taken a new name – Students for Solvency.

Spokesperson Michael Knowles – one of the two students who founded the organization – says the group will focus on advancing the issues of entitlement reform and solving the country’s debt crisis. Still, Mitch Daniels isn’t far from their minds.

“But once the nominee is selected,” he said, “we will reform as the Student Initiative to draft Daniels for at least Vice President or Treasury Secretary and we’ll see what happens from there.”

Knowles says several Republican presidential hopefuls have approached the group about an endorsement. But he says there isn’t yet a candidate sticking out in his mind that the group will throw its support behind.

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