Daniels Dances Around 2012 Presidential Run Questions

By Dschabner

Apr 30, 2011 6:25pm

ABC News’ Arlette Saenz reports:

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels continued to dance around questions regarding a potential presidential bid today.

“Well you can’t announce a decision you haven’t made,” Daniels said at a press conference. 

Daniels signed legislation providing vouchers for private school students and expanding charter school development in Indiana.

Friday evening, the Hoosier state governor agreed to sign a bill stripping Planned Parenthood in Indiana of any federal funding, a controversial move pleasing many social conservatives after he irked them earlier this year by calling for a “truce” on social issues.

Daniels’ decision to sign the bill, coupled with other potential candidates deciding not to run, such as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, fueled speculation on whether he was hinting at a potential run.

“It occurred to me while I was making my breakfast this morning. If I switched from oatmeal to cornflakes, someone would say it was a move to the Iowa caucus,” Daniels joked. “It’s just a weird time.”

Daniels promised an answer on his presidential ambitions after the close of Indiana’s legislative session, which ended Friday night.  He told reporters today that a decision would come in the next few weeks.

The Indiana governor will make the rounds next week when he receives three leadership awards from the Columbia Business School, Harbour League and the American Arab Institute and delivers a speech on comprehensive education reform initiatives at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

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