Gov. Daniels gets 16 stitches in forehead

Gov. Daniels (WTHR file photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) received 16 stitches in his forehead after a swinging door struck him Friday.

It happened at the National Institute for Fitness and Sports (NIFS) in downtown Indianapolis.

The governor's office says as he finished up a workout at about 1:30 p.m., he was standing near a door. The door suddenly swung open and struck the governor in the forehead.

Daniels' security detail transported him to Methodist Hospital, where he asked the attending physician if he was being charged by the stitch. He was treated and released and is recovering at home.

The day actually got off to a good start for the governor, especially one who is considering a run for president. Indiana's unemployment dropped to 8.2% last month, marking the first time the state's unemployment rate dropped below the national average since June 2003.

He did take some time prior to the incident on Friday to appear by telephone on the nationally-syndicated Michael Smerconish radio program. Daniels was asked if he had any plans to travel to New Hampshire in the next two months.

"The answer to that is no, not at the present, but stand by for a possible change of plans. We'll see," Daniels said.

The debate of a possible presidential candidacy seemed to light a fire under another prominent talk show host Friday.

"Emails pouring in from Indiana, 'Shut up about Mitch'," said Rush Limbaugh. "They are very touchy out there. I may not even be able to go back to Indiana. Super Bowl is there, I may not be able to go."

Next Wednesday, Daniels will be traveling to Washington D.C. as the star attraction at the National Republican Senatorial Committee meeting. After that, he will return to Indiana for the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.

There was speculation the Daniels camp may have wanted to take advantage of the worldwide audience.

Daniels has been the focus of national speculation over a possible GOP presidential run. Read Kevin Rader's blog here.