Daniels is the first to acknowledge he’s done little to lay the groundwork for a campaign, and his lack of planning has been striking to some who would support him if he ran.

“I don’t know if he’s got the fire in the belly, drive and desire to run for president of the United States. I haven’t seen it,” Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad told The Associated Press. “At this point, I don’t think it’s likely that he’ll run.”…

His advisers privately acknowledge that he hasn’t done the legwork other Republicans weighing bids have done, and that could put him at a disadvantage.

Most GOP presidential prospects have reached out to Iowans — and other voters in early primary states — over the past year to gauge interest. But Daniels has avoided it and declined several invitations to speak in the states.