Former U.S. House majority leader Dick Armey says Daniels would be a serious candidate for the Republican nomination and could gain the support of tea party supporters.
Armey is chairman of the conservative group FreedomWorks. He presented Daniels with an award during an Indiana Statehouse ceremony Thursday for controlling government spending and growth.
Daniels told reporters he still hasn't decided whether he'll make a presidential run but knows he can't wait too much longer.
FreedomWorks helped many tea party-backed candidates win races across the country last year. It is holding workshops for conservative activists Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis.