Gov Mitch Daniels was a possible GOP ‘establishment’ candidate for president. Voters who aren’t Democrats are tired of establishment candidates. I think Daniels could sense this feeling from voters and dropped out because he knows an old GOP type will not win the nomination. SHAW
The New York Times reported early Sunday, citing an email message Daniels sent to supporters that read, “In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one,” Daniels wrote. “The interests and wishes of my family is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry.”
Daniels had been considering a bid for months, pressured by many in the establishment wing of the party hungering for a conservative with a strong fiscal record to get into the race. He never sounded particularly enthused about a national run, and always pointed back to his family — his wife and four daughters — as the primary consideration.
He becomes the latest Republican to opt against a run as the GOP searches for a Republican to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.
The Indiana governor’s close friend, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, surprised much of the GOP when he pulled the plug on a candidacy in April; he privately had encouraged Daniels to run instead. A week ago, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the 2008 Iowa caucus winner, bowed out, followed quickly by celebrity real estate developer Donald Trump.
They followed others who decided to sit this one out as well, even as polls show Republican primary voters wanting more options in a race that includes former Govs. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and a handful of others.
In the wake of the decisions by Barbour and Huckabee to skip the race, the clamoring among establishment Republicans for Daniels to run — including from the Bush family circle — had become ear-shattering.
Daniels, himself, had sounded more optimistic about a run in the past week than he had in months, though he never had sounded particularly enthused. And his advisers had been quietly reaching out to Republicans in Iowa and other early nominating states for private conversations.
But, as he talked about a candidacy, he always pointed back to his family as the primary issue that would hold him back.