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Is Cheri Daniels a good 'political wife'?

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(Read caption) In this Jan. 11 file photo, Cheri Daniels, wife of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, is introduced before her husband's State of the State address at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

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Will Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) run for president?

All eyes will be on his wife, Cheri Daniels, Thursday night for clues when she addresses the spring dinner of the Indiana Republican Party in Indianapolis. Mrs. Daniels doesn’t care for politics and usually keeps a low profile. But as her husband considers his political future – and the clamor for him to run grows in influential GOP circles – the Cheri Daniels question looms large.

The trickiest issue is the Daniels' past: As they say on Facebook and in the recent movie about it, “It’s complicated.” In the 1990s, Cheri Daniels left her husband and their four daughters, ages 8 to 14, moved to California, and married another man. Three years later, she returned to Mitch and their family.

Governor Daniels has discussed the matter publicly only once. “If you like happy endings, you’ll love our story,” he told the Indianapolis Star in 2004. “Love and the love of children overcame any problems.”


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