INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Get ready for more speculation about a Mitch Daniels run forpresident. A pair of web sites could lead you to the conclusionthat the groundwork is already being laid.
Governor Daniels said his last campaign is behind him, buthis old campaign web site, mymanmitch.com , is up to date with news ofthe governor's accomplishments and even a page where you can makedonations.
A new web site, however, may be a better indicator. It's named Americans for Mitch . It’s a site whereyou can read about how the governor's accomplishments compare tothose of other governors and see his views on national issues.
Founder Michael O'Brien would like to see Daniels run forpresident.
"We're trying to get his message out and get his story out on anational level and influence the national debate at a time when theRepublican Party is seeking direction," said O'Brien.
State Democratic Chairman Dan Parker discounts Daniels’previous statements about running for the last time.
In a 24-Hour News 8 interview late last year Daniels said, "I'mnot gaming for something else and so I think it's just good to beclear about that."
Parker points to the fact that O'Brien worked on the governor'sstaff.
O'Brien's also the Hendricks County Republican Chairman.
"This is not a grassroots movement. These are people that areconnected to him that he could easily tell them, 'cut it.'," saidParker.
Yet O'Brien said his web site is not an attempt to start a draftmovement.
"I don't think we're gonna measure success on whether or not heruns," said O'Brien.
But if he does, the web site will insure that a lot ofsupporters will already be identified.
The timing of the web site's publication also incorporatessome strategy. Americans for Mitch went online Wednesday becauseThursday the Young Republicans begin a national convention here inIndianapolis.
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