With only three years remaining in his second term as governor, Mitch Daniels isn't looking further than tomorrow.
"This is all I ever wanted to do," he said while visiting The Brazil Times Thursday. "There's plenty more to do.
"We want to initiate ideas and I hope to continue doing that. I think we're making progress."
Daniels was elected to his first term as Indiana Governor in 2004, becoming the state's 49th governor. He was re-elected in 2008.
Prior to becoming the state's governor, Daniels was the director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, from 2001-03.
Despite dismissing a possible presidential run in the future, the rumors have persisted.
Several media outlets nationwide have speculated for more than a year now that Daniels might be a key player in 2012.
"I'm very concerned of the state of the nation," Daniels said. "But (future political aspirations are) nothing I've thought about."
Still, Daniels expressed concern with the economic woes of the nation and what he referred to as expanded growth of government in recent years.
"I've always thought government was the servant of the people," he said. "And what we need now more than ever is economic growth. We're going to have to grow."
Daniels said government expansion and the private sector are both to blame.
He said he believes Indiana is doing just that, pointing out the state's infrastructure has not crumbled like it has in other states.
"Building the backbone is what government should do and we're doing that," he said.
He specifically pointed to the Major Moves program as part of the backbone.
"We got a tremendous deal," Daniels said, adding it has "worked better than anticipated."
"If we hadn't moved when we did, it wouldn't have happened. Everybody else is almost at a stop and we're moving forward."