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Reading The Daniels Tea Leaves

Getting a clear read on Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels's (R) plans for the 2012 presidential race based on his public comments is a difficult task. In an interview with the Indianapolis Star's editorial board Tuesday, Daniels offered an opaque line regarding the rest of the prospective Republican presidential field:

"I like all those folks. Odds are I'll wind up supporting one of 'em, so I've got nothing but good things to say about them," Daniels said.

Nonetheless, Daniels hints that the other potential candidates haven't focused on fiscal issues to the extent he would like to see. His responses during the question and answer session reinforce the notion that he's giving a campaign serious consideration. Daniels' interview with the paper is yet another reminder of the uncertainty and intrigue surrounding his potential candidacy. The Star has two writeups of the interview here and here.

Daniels has said he'll announce his decision soon after the state's legislative session ends on April 29. He's slated to deliver a speech in Washington at the American Enterprise Institute on May 4, where he'll discuss a focal point of his agenda, education.

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