Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announced in an email early Sunday morning that he would not be a Republican candidate for president in 2012, the New York Times reports. He cited family concerns as the main reason. According to the Wall Street Journal, Daniels "had often expressed concerns about the strains a national campaign would put on his wife and four adult daughters."
“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.”
A weakening GOP field. It's win some, lose some within the Republican candidate field lately. Yesterday Herman Cain made his bid official, and Pawlenty is set to announces his candidacy on Monday. But Huckabee dropped out a week ago, and Trump, for those who thought he would run, left the fray a day later.
But the GOP candidacy flux may not be coming out net positive. Daniel's decision was "a crushing blow to admirers who had rallied around the idea of a Daniels candidacy, including more than 1,000 Republicans who filled a hotel ballroom in Indianapolis last week," writes the Times. Republican insiders are "gearing up to face President Obama with the weakest primary field in recent memory," according to Politico.