Daniels announced his decision in a heartfelt email late Saturday night to supporters.
“The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate,” Daniels wrote in the email. “In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry. If you feel that this was a non-courageous or unpatriotic decision, I understand and will not attempt to persuade you otherwise. I only hope that you will accept my sincerity in the judgment I reached.”
Daniels had been very open about the fact that his wife and four daughters were hesitant about a run and what it would subject their family to.
He ended the email with his typical self-deprecating humor.
“Please stay in touch if you see ways in which an obscure Midwestern governor might make a constructive contribution to the rebuilding of our economy and our Republic,” he wrote.