Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will not run for president in 2012, ending weeks of speculation that the two-term GOP governor would enter the race.
In an e-mail to supporters sent early Sunday morning, Daniels cited his family as his primary reason for not running.
“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 was viewed by many as a potential top-notch challenger to President Barack Obama if he decided to get into the race. With several well-known Republicans, such as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, taking a pass at a White House bid, many eyes were on Daniels these past few weeks as he made a final decision.
In recent weeks, Republicans had coalesced around Daniels as a potential frontrunner, with many GOP leaders, including Barbour, urging him to run.
However, Daniels said in the candid and apologetic e-mail that he was taking himself out of consideration.
“If you feel that this was a non-courageous or unpatriotic decision, I understand and will not attempt to persuade you otherwise,” he wrote. “I only hope that you will accept my sincerity in the judgment I reached.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.