Mitch Daniels Says He Could Have Beaten Obama If He Had Run

May 29, 2011 6:16am

ABC News' Jessica Desvarieux reports:

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he has no regrets about his recent decision not to run for the Republican presidential nomination, but says he believes he could have beaten President Obama if he had run.

"Yes, I think so. I mean, no one can know," Daniels told This Week anchor Christiane Amanpour when asked if he could have won the 2012 general election.

In an email sent out to supporters at midnight last Sunday, Daniels announced his definitive answer to growing speculation about a possible race with the words, “I love my country, but I love my family more.”

“It was uncomfortable to feel two duties that I am very passionate about,” Daniels said. “But in the end, it wasn’t really any question which came first to me.”

Sporting a bandage on his forehead after being accidently hit with a glass door at the gym, Daniels joked that the timing of the incident was just right.

“This was the day before I announced I wasn't going to run. The popular theory is this knocked some sense into me,” Daniels quipped.

Also, Daniels added that his concern over privacy and security for his family were the driving forces behind his decision.

“We’ve got young women, three of them that have been married not too long," Daniels said of his daughters. "They’re looking forward to building lives, starting families, and this was just a disruption that they were very, very leery of."

A run for office also would have meant rehashing the Daniels' family complicated past. In the 1990’s, Daniels and his wife Cheri divorced. She moved to California while he raised their four daughters in Indiana, but several years later the couple remarried.

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