With His Family In Mind, Mitch Daniels Decides Not to Run for President

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Mitch and Cheri in their 2009 Hallowen costumes.
Mitch and Cheri in their 2009 Hallowen costumes. Photo: Courtesy of Mitch Daniels

Indiana governor Mitch Daniels told supporters in an e-mail on Sunday that he will not run for president in 2012 after all, because of his family's hesitations about it. Daniels, who was favored by much of the Republican establishment, explained: "I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one. The interests and wishes of my family, the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry." Why was his family so reluctant? Allegedly because Daniels's wife, Cheri Daniels, really, really, didn't want to talk about the hiatus her marriage took in the nineties. Via Politico:


Daniels's wife was widely known to be concerned about the impact a campaign would have on their lives, which have followed an unusual path. Cheri Daniels left her husband and their four young daughters in 1993, married a former sweetheart in California, then returned and remarried Daniels — a set of circumstances that the pair would be unable to avoid talking about in the crucible of a campaign.

To be fair, running for president has wreaked havoc on marriages before.

Mitch Daniels won't run in 2012 [Politico]
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