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INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels will not endorse a Republican presidential candidate before the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3.

"I think endorsements are a little overrated," Daniels said. "Who cares what I think? Not very many."

The Republican governor once considered making a presidential run of his own, but he decided in May not to seek the GOP nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.

Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Daniels dismissed a question about whether he was satisfied with the field of candidates he chose not to join.

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"What would it matter if I weren't?" he asked.

Daniels said in the past few weeks he's seen "encouraging signs" from the Republican presidential candidates talking "about the real problems we're facing," many of which Daniels said he detailed in his book, "Keeping the Republic."

"They've said some appropriately gutsy things about spending and about entitlement programs," Daniels said.

The governor suggested he probably won't endorse a candidate after the Iowa caucuses either, especially after seeing an endorsement of Mitt Romney by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have no effect on the nominating process.

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