Indiana first lady Cheri Daniels didn't mislead her audience of journalists and Indiana Republican Party members on Thursday evening.
If the audience hoped she would hint at her husband's presidential ambitions, she said, "you're going to be disappointed." But Daniels, known for her reticence and fear of public speaking, is an unlikely candidate to make the speech in the first place. That she did speak suggests Gov. Mitch Daniels is seriously thinking about a run—and she hasn't yet told him no.
Gov. Daniels introduced his wife, and as he approached the stage the crowd broke into chants of "Run, Mitch, run!" The governor teased the crowd, saying, "This whole business of running for national office—I'm not saying I won't do it," but followed up by saying that his "friends know it's never been any intention" of his to run for higher office.
At the end of the first lady's speech, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman presented her with an engraved Indiana State Fair milk pail.
Cheri Daniels's speech made little mention of politics and even less of her husband's future. Instead, there were plenty of videos of her milking cows at the state fair and photos of her Halloween costumes. She held her own, cracking jokes and looking confident on stage. No big political news. But Daniels looked relatively at ease on stage—a big shift from her usual presence.