Website Goads Daniels To 'Run Mitch Run!'

Petition Launched Backing Indiana Governor

An online petition has sprung up to encourage Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to jump into the presidential fray, something he has repeatedly said he won't do.

The site runmitchrun.com is gathering petitions in support of what it calls "America's most popular and effective governor."

"Your country needs you, your party needs you, your moment is now," a message at the top of the site reads. "Seek the Republican nomination, win back the White House, and undo Barack Obama's disastrous four years of statism, cronyism, debt and decline."

A disclaimer at the bottom of the site says it was created "by a single voter in Virginia."

Organizers said about 2,800 people had signed the petition as of 1:30 p.m. Monday, three days after the effort began.

Daniels announced in May that he wouldn't seek the GOP nomination, though many party insiders were pushing him to run.

In an interview with RTV6's Norman Cox a few weeks ago, Daniels said he has no regrets about staying out of the presidential race and no plans to endorse a candidate.

Daniels will deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Conservative columnist Bill Kristol penned a piece for The Weekly Standard last week imagining that Daniels would use the opportunity to step into the race.

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