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Governor Barbour Not Running For President

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 25 Apr 2011 03:24pm | comments

Governor Haley Barbour may not be in the running for President in the 2012 election but some in the state believe he could still a vice presidential candidate. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports on the Governor's long awaited announcement.

Governor Haley Barbour released a statement Monday afternoon explaining that he will not run for president in 2012.

Barbour cited the amount of energy it takes to mount a presidential run as the main cause for his decision and apologized to any supporters he disappoints.

Marty Wiseman, the Director of the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, says Barbour struggled to gain traction in polls of Republican voters.

"The more his name was mentioned, the more exposure he was getting, he still hovered around 2% or 3%. He might have gotten some negative vibes in New Hampshire and known that is the place where the whole thing kicks off," Wiseman said.

Wiseman says Barbour will still play a role in the election next year, possibly as a vice presidential running mate.

"Haley has made the rounds. He has campaigned for Governors all over the country. He has been very, very active during the recent political season. He is still very much a potential selection for the Vice Presidential slot," Wiseman said.

Mississippi Representative Cecile Brown, a Democrat from Jackson, says now that the Governor is not running, he can put all his focus on helping Mississippi.

"There is a lot of work to be done over the next few months while he is still Governor. And I hope he uses his contacts and his talents on economic development, which seems to be his highest priority. And I hope he is committed to that. And I hope he gets a little rest from his travels and gets back to work for the state," Brown said.

Barbour is a long time politician working as a political director for President Ronald Regan and leading the Republican National Committee when Republicans took control of the House and Senate for the first time in 40 years in the mid 90's.

Barbour was elected Governor in 2003. He first term was defined by his response to Hurricane Katrina and he easily won reelection in 2007.




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