Daniels' Announcement that He Will Not Run for President
Email to supporters (from
Americans for Mitch)
12:49 a.m. Sunday May 22, 2011
“I hope this reaches you before the public news does.
If so, please respect my confidence for the short time until I can make
it known to all.
The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens
like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national
candidate. In the end, I was able to resolve every competing
consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family,
is the most important consideration of all. If I have
you, I will always be sorry. If you feel that this was a
non-courageous or unpatriotic decision, I understand and will not
attempt to persuade you otherwise. I only hope that you will
sincerity in the judgment I reached.
Many thanks for your help and input during this period of
reflection. Please stay in touch if you see ways in which an
Midwestern governor might make a constructive contribution to the
rebuilding of our economy and our Republic.” – My Man Mitch
(posted on the Indy
Star website at 2:00 a.m.)
Over the last year and a half, a large and diverse group of
people have suggested to me an idea that I never otherwise would have
considered, that I run for President. I’ve asked for time to think it
over carefully, but these good people have been very patient and I owe
them an answer.
The answer is that I will not be a candidate. What could have been a
complicated decision was in the end very simple: on matters affecting
us all, our family constitution gives a veto to the women’s caucus, and
there is no override provision. Simply put, I find myself caught
between two duties. I love my country; I love my family more.
I am deeply concerned, for the first time in my life, about the future
of our Republic. In the next few years Americans will decide two basic
sets of questions: Who’s in charge here? Should the public sector
protect and promote the private sector or dominate and direct it? Does
the government work for the people or vice versa?
And, are we Americans still the kind of people who can successfully
govern ourselves, discipline ourselves financially, put the future and
our children’s interests ahead of the present and our own?
I am confident that the answers will reaffirm the liberty and vitality
of our nation, and hope to play some small part in proving that view
rec'd 8:36 a.m.
Democrats respond to announcement
that Mitch Daniels will not run for President next year
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker issued the
following statement in response to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ announcement
this morning that he will not seek the presidential nomination next
“We’ve disagreed with Mitch Daniels myriad times, but there’s no
doubt that his decision not to enter this race is a loss for
Republicans. Daniels would have brought a serious tone to a GOP field
that’s thus far been characterized by silliness and distraction.”
rec'd 10:20 a.m.
Statement by Gov. Pawlenty on
Gov. Daniels’ Announcement
is a friend of mine and one of the best governors in the
country. While he may not be running, he is an intellectual powerhouse
and will continue to play a leading role in the Party's politics and
the Nation's policies. Mitch and I agree that America's out-of-control
national debt is a threat to our nation's future, and that the next
president must restore fiscal responsibility in Washington,
and I wish Cheri and Mitch all the best."
# # #
rec'd 10:30 a.m.
Daniels is a Remarkable Innovator
Governor Remains in Public
– Newt Gingrich released the following comment today reacting to the
news Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will not run for the GOP nomination
Daniels is a great Governor and a remarkable innovator. Mitch has
brought successful reforms to Indiana that should be replicated across
the country and in Washington. He will continue to be an
leader in solving America’s problems. I hope he remains in public
Issued The Following Statement On Mitch Daniels:
“Mitch Daniels will be missed in this presidential
but his message about the most immediate threat facing our nation – the
debt - will not go unheard. Our country owes Gov. Daniels unending
for his service, and the steadfast manner in which he's shined a light
crippling debt that we will leave behind for future generations if it's
addressed. Having been elected the same
year, I can attest that Mitch has been a tremendous governor and I have
a lot from his leadership. I look
forward to working with him to promote long-term solutions to our
problems as well as continuing a valued friendship.”