Haley Barbour: I'm Not Running

'Difficult personal' decision stuns GOP insiders
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2011 3:23 PM CDT
Marsha Barbour, left, has openly voiced her trepidation about her husband's political ambitions.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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(Newser) – There are a number of Republicans salivating over a shot at the Oval Office next year, but Haley Barbour won't be joining them. The Mississippi Republican, called a "fundraising powerhouse" by Politico, said today he won't run, calling it 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." Barbour's withdrawal may increase the likelihood of a run by Mitch Daniels, notes Politico.

"A candidate for president today is embracing a 10-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else," Barbour added. "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." Click here for one potential reason why Barbour ruled out a presidential run. (Read more Haley Barbour stories.)

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