The wife of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Cheri Daniels
, who has expressed reluctance about his potential run for president, will give a keynote address today at a GOP fundraiser. Some political observers see the move as the hesitant spouse testing the waters for the larger role she would need to play in a national campaign, The Indianapolis Star reported Thursday.
"This is a win-win," Robert Dion, a political science professor at the University of Evansville. "If he does run for president, this is a chance for her to ease into that mode of campaigning in front of a very friendly audience of Hoosiers."
Daniels said Tuesday that he could be weeks away from a decision. He and Cheri Daniels have said family considerations are among the most important in their shared decision.
A run for the presidency would likely mean losing their privacy, including the strong possibility that the couple's divorce and remarriage in the 1990s will face greater scrutiny at the national level.
Some see her participation as a signal that she’s warming up to the idea of a national campaign.
"You've got to say she is indicating more of willingness by this public appearance," said James Bopp, a Terre Haute attorney who is a Republican National Committee member. "That's one of the elements that have to be there for the governor to do this."
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