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Republican politician Mitch Daniels is the governor of Indiana and worked in the administrations of presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.
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He is a pro-life supporter and signed a bill in 2011 that denied federal funding for Planned Parenthood in the state.
Around this same time, rumors circulated about Daniels becoming a possible Republican presidential candidate. He didn't put his hat into the ring, however. In 2012, Daniels put his support behind former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. He has since downplayed any suggestion that Romney might pick him to be his running mate. If approached,
Daniels said in an television interview that ""I think I would demand reconsideration and send Mr. Romney a list of people I think could suit better."
In June 2012, Daniels won election to a very different type of position. The board of trustees for Purdue University selected him as the school's next president. When his appointment was announced, Daniels officially stepped out of the political arena for the world of academics. "Effective immiediately, I will recuse myself from any partisan political activities or commentary," he said in a statement from Purdue University. Daniels is expected to assume his post at Purdue in January 2013 after completing his term as governor.
Daniels and his wife Cheri have four daughters together, Meagan, Melissa, Meredith and Maggie. The twice-married couple split up for several years during the 1990s.
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