Ind. GOP chair: Daniels to help shape 2012 debate

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The leader of Indiana's Republican Party says Gov. Mitch Daniels will continue to influence the national debate surrounding the 2012 presidential campaign while working as Indiana's governor.

Daniels said over the weekend that he won't run for president in 2012, citing concerns for his family. State Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb told reporters on a conference call Monday that speculation of Daniels as a vice presidential candidate is hypothetical.

Holcomb acknowledges that that a vice presidential run presents some similar obstacles as a presidential run, but says he won't "take it off the table" for Daniels.

A Daniels spokeswoman says he's unavailable for comment Monday. His first public appearance is scheduled Tuesday at an Indiana Education Roundtable meeting, where he's sure to be asked about his future.

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