Haley Barbour of Mississippi Bows Out of 2012 Run

Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi announced he would not seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a former high powered Washington lobbyist, said in a statement he could not totally commit himself to the "all-consuming effort" required for a White House candidate.

"A candidate for president today is embracing a 10-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else. His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required," he said.

Barbour went on to thank his supporters.

“Hundreds of people have encouraged me to run and offered both to give and raise money for a presidential campaign. Many volunteers have organized events in support of my pursuing the race. Some have dedicated virtually full time to setting up preliminary organizations in critical, early states and to helping plan what has been several months of intensive activity,” he stated.“ I greatly appreciate each and every one of them and all their outstanding efforts. If I have disappointed any of them in this decision, I sincerely regret it."

Though not mention in his statement, his wife, Marsha Barbour, told the ABC television affiliate in Biloxi, Mississippi earlier this month that she found the prospect of a presidential "overwhelming" and that it "horrified" her. "It's been a lot to be first lady of the state of Mississippi and this would be 50 times bigger," she said in the interview aired on April 2 by WLOX in Biloxi. "It's a huge sacrifice for a family to make."

Beyond his wife's hesitancy, Barbour's decision was likely impacted by his lackluster performance. In polling to date among likely GOP voters Barbour placed consistently in the low single digits, though Barbour did win a straw poll of Charleston County (South Carolina) GOP officials just last week. Still despite being well-known in national political circles, Barbour remains largely a name unknown to most Americans.

Barbour's decision to not seek the GOP nomination likely makes the candidacy of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels increasingly likely. More from Politico.

Tags: Governor Haley Barbour, GOP 2012, US Presidential Election (all tags)

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RE: Haley Barbour of Mississippi Bows Out of 2012 Run

WheeW! A qualified candidate dropped out! Yayy! Bring on Newt , Bachmann and the Saracudda!

by David Fagan 2011-04-25 06:42PM | 0 recs
FIRE IN THE BELLY

"His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required," he said."

  I guess it's hard to keep the "FIRE IN THE BELLY"( and what a belly it is) when you barely register as a blip in a PATHETIC field of REPUG children posing as Presidential candidates!

by barkleyg 2011-04-26 04:23PM | 0 recs
Barbour's baggage

But his decision also followed waves of negative media attention for his past as a lobbyist and statements that many saw as insensitive on racial issues. Though Barbour tried to deflect attention from previous controversial quotes and embrace his lobbying past head on — arguing bluntly that lobbying is what presidents do — those two issues have frequently dogged the Mississippi governor. His decision may stem, in part, from a perception that the ex-lobbyist and consummate insider could be more effective off the stage than on it.

1) I think this quote from the Politico story gets to the heart of Barbour's dropping out - all his talk of "ten year commitments" means little if he really wanted to be President. But the issues of his lobbying and the fact that a white Southerner carrying as much race-related baggage as Barbour does would make Obama's reelection all but assured.

2)... but then, Obama's reelection IS all but assured... which is why Barbour dropping out is hardly surprising... and why Mitch Daniels will never get in.

by nycweboy1 2011-05-02 08:31AM | 0 recs

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