Conservative columnists say it's not too late for Gov. Mitch Daniels, Rep. Mike Pence, R-6th, and others to vie for the Republican presidential nomination.
Daniels and Pence each flirted with a run for the White House last year before deciding against it. Pence instead chose to seek the GOP nomination for governor to replace Daniels, who is term-limited.
After congressional Republicans announced last week that Daniels had been selected to give the party's response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard blogged an imaginary draft of a Daniels speech in which he would become a candidate for president if he were to receive at least 300,000 emails asking him to do so.
On Saturday, a "Draft Mitch Daniels" website popped up at www.runmitchrun.com. Kristol soon wrote another blog item -- with a photo of Daniels riding his motorcycle -- directing readers to the website. By Monday afternoon, more than 3,300 people had signed an online petition to support a Daniels presidential bid.
On Sunday, Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin issued an open letter to 10 Republicans, including Daniels and Pence, to either launch a presidential campaign or collectively endorse either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum in an effort to stop Newt Gingrich, who won Saturday's South Carolina primary election.
Rubin's other invitees included Reps. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and John Cantor of Virginia, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.