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Daniels says family scared 'to death' about media scrutiny

Is it possible that both Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels DON'T run for president in 2012?

In an interview with a local Indiana news outlet, Daniels didn't sound like someone who's running for the White House.

Daniels said his wife, Cheri, and their four daughters — all grown and three married — are wary of the intense media scrutiny that can descend upon a candidate’s family.

“It scares them to death,” Daniels said. “And it should.” (Hat tips: Ben Smith and GOP12.)

A lengthy Weekly Standard profile of Daniels from last summer explains why his family might not be eager for him to run.

When the oppo researchers and the national press do get around to opening up Daniels’s life for inspection, they will find a few embarrassments. One is his arrest in 1970 for marijuana possession when he was a student at Princeton. He spent two nights in jail and paid a $350 fine, and later wrote about the bust in a column for the Star in 1989. More painfully, he and his wife Cheri divorced in 1994. She moved to California, leaving Daniels with the four daughters, aged 8 to 14, and married a doctor. She divorced again and moved back to Indiana. She and Mitch remarried in 1997.

Cheri has never spoken about this publicly, and from what I can tell it’s been mentioned in print only twice. Daniels’s only comment was to the Indianapolis Star in 2004: “If you like happy endings, you’ll love our story.”