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May 02, 2011

Daniels' Calculus

With Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels "on the verge of the biggest decision of his life," the Indianapolis Star takes a look at the political and personal factors weighing on Daniels' as he considers launching a presidential bid.

Daniels has what it takes: "an enviable political Rolodex that includes contacts from his years working for two presidents, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush; a business background coupled with a laid-back political style that makes him as comfortable in the boardroom as in a diner; and a tight-fisted, reform-oriented record from two terms as governor. Combined, they give Daniels the ability to raise the money he'll need to build a political campaign almost overnight."

What may keep him out: "there also is the 'personal calculus' every candidate must weigh... the one person whose opinion might overrule all of the political math: Cheri Daniels... If he doesn't enter the race, she said, family 'will definitely be a reason. It would not be the sole reason.'"

Bill Kristol: "Mitch Daniels is likely, I'm told, to announce his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination in the next couple of weeks."


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