(CNN) -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he'll have an answer on running for president after his state's Legislature wraps up its business at the end of the month. The Republican's message on the national debt has earned him a following on college campuses across the country.
In an interview with CNN, the governor said a Students for Daniels movement has inspired him seriously to consider a run for the White House. "I owe them an answer," he said.
CNN: Are you getting closer to an answer on 2012?
Mitch Daniels: I'm closer yes. ... The calendar says to be a serious advocate or candidate one can't wait a whole lot longer.
CNN: The Students for Daniels movement has spread to nearly 60 colleges across the country. Do they have you thinking about a run?
Daniels: They've put the time and effort into appealing to me and I feel, yes, I have some reciprocal responsibility to them. ... None of the appeals has affected me quite as much as theirs.
Daniels: I think it's the wrong policy. The president's own budget says we have to start growing this economy at a much more rapid rate and anything you do that hurts that is really counterproductive to your own policy.
Daniels: I think he's headed down exactly the right track. A lot of Democrats have been for this in the past. ... It's exactly what was done in the Medicare drug benefit Part D. So you can say this idea has been road-tested.
CNN: Unlike some of the Republicans considering a run in 2012, you don't throw many rhetorical bombs at the president. Why?
Daniels: I have very profound differences with the president and the policies he's implemented. But I do think our politics does not benefit from some of the vitriol and personalization that both sides are often guilty of.
To make these huge, some say impossible, changes that I believe we must make to have another American Century, it would help if we could be a little more understanding with each other, a little more civil with each other. It will take a large coalition of people, I believe, to make the change that we need.