Gov. Daniels’ Future Plans, No More Politics?

By Stephanie Parkinson

November 14, 2012 Updated Nov 14, 2012 at 6:53 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Governor Mitch Daniels is closing in on his final days in office and they may be his last days in the political arena.

Governor Daniels says he's now fully focused on dedicating his life to higher education as he takes on his new role as Purdue University’s president. When asked about returning to politics he said he's proud of his accomplishments but that he’s happy to be taking a new direction.

The governor was looked at by many in recent years as a strong contender as a presidential candidate for the Republican Party. INC learned a few weeks ago that senator John McCain did something he had never done before, and personally called Governor Daniels before the presidential primaries got underway.

"I've never talked about that phone call, but since John did it was an honor but it was also one of, oh dozens. If I was ever going to do such a thing 2012 was the year to do it. I don't know that it would have worked out, odds are it wouldn't have. This was the time and I'm convinced I made the right call," said Governor Mitch Daniels, Indiana (R).

Governor Daniels went on to explain that he believes if he would have run for the republican presidential nomination a lot of the things he accomplished in Indiana as governor in the recent years wouldn't have happened.

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