Daniels Celebrates Jobs Win, Addresses Future in N.E. Indiana Visit

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

May 18, 2011 Updated Nov 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM EDT

CHURUBUSCO, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- He has a plan, if he decides to run.

Republican Mitch Daniels says he would likely stay on as governor during a run for President, unless splitting time detracts in any way from his duty to Hoosiers.

Daniels is more than willing to talk about presidential politics, but he still is not ready to make a public declaration of what's in his future.

Daniels seems to enjoy keeping everybody guessing, especially reporters watching his every move.

Daniels spoke at a Rotary Club luncheon Wednesday in Churubusco, playing up the economic growth and solid fiscal health in Indiana.

At one point he told the crowd, instead of counting sheep when he goes to bed, he counts the states around him he's glad he's not serving as governor.

During a question and answer period, someone in the audience said, how can we talk you into running for President?

Gov. Mitch Daniels/(R) Indiana: " I don't know. Can they move the White House to Indiana? That would help."

Later, in a pow-pow with reporters, he addressed virtually every hypothetical like a man who'd already made up his mind that he's “in”.

He even said in campaigning, he would carry on a folksy style he used in Indiana Governor races, seeking out one-on-one meetings with voters, and staying in people's homes along the way.

Governor Daniels: " You really want to be honest and genuine in the exchanges. I don't know Iowa or New Hampshire that well, but they appear to me places where our style of being informal and being with people works, at least for awhile."

Daniels also made a stop in Angola, where he talked about a youth summer jobs program.

But before that, he helped turn shovels of dirt in Ashley, where a new Family Dollar Distribution Center will employ 350 people, once it opens.

The $70-million investment is in the early stages of construction now, with a target date for completion in March 2012.

The job impact will be welcomed in the small town that is perched on the Dekalb-Steuben County line.

Many of the warehousing jobs are slated to pay somewhere around $13.00 an hour.

Ashley beat out other communities from other states to land the project, that is a prize considering the slow recovery from the recent recession across the country.

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