Gov. Haley Barbour (MS) won't run for president in 2012

From the Chicago Tribune:

“I will not be a candidate for president next year,” Barbour said in a statement emailed to reporters. “This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.”


“A candidate for president today is embracing a ten-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," Barbour stated.

Barbour will stay on as governor and said he will continue his work with the Republican Governors Assn. “and my efforts to elect a new Republican president in 2012, as the stakes for the nation require that effort to be successful.”

Barbour never had much chance, despite, as a Southern governor, having credentials which, on paper, would be the envy of many in the attenuated GOP presidential field for 2012. I think we can all agree that his not running is good for the nation. I have now removed Barbour from the GOP field page, and replaced his entry in this month's poll with "Other."

Choose Our President 2012


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