(Undated) - Hoosiers won’t get to vote for a fellow Hoosier for president in 2012.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announced Sunday morning in an e-mail to supporters he will not enter the Republican primary race for the White House.
In the e-mail sent around 1:00 a.m., Daniels said his family was the reason he decided against a presidential bid. His wife and daughters did not want him to run.
"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,” the governor said.
“If I have disappointed 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 accept my sincerity in the judgment I reached.”
With his track record of leadership, budget savvy and reform, Daniels was seen as a candidate who would have brought some seriousness to what many have described as a “silly” GOP field.
Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, who himself decided against a presidential run months ago, expressed some disappointment.
"Mitch Daniels is the best governor in America and his decision to forego a run for the presidency is a disappointment to me and millions of Americans who admire his integrity and leadership. While I respect his decision and his priorities, I am confident that Mitch Daniels' voice and example will continue to influence the public debate in our state and our nation for many years to come," Pence said in a statement.
Even Democrats seemed somewhat let down.
“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,” said Indiana Democrat Party Chairman Dan Parker.
Daniels has two more years left to serve as Indiana’s governor. He gave no hints on what his future may hold afterwards.