Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said Wednesday he will not run for president in 2012, according to the Kentucky-Indiana Courier Journal.

He said he is not interested in the position and noted he has neither fundraised nor spent much time outside of Indiana as evidence of his choice. 

The Christian Science Monitor reported in February that he said he was open to a run at that time, and the Courier-Journal noted on Aug. 15 that he had said the same earlier this month.

Daniels served as the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2003 under former President George W. Bush. Noted as a rising Republican leader and his popularity as governor, he has been the subject of wide speculation regarding 2012.