Miss. Gov Tests Waters for 2012

Connections, experience serve Haley Barbour well
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 24, 2009 9:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Another face to watch for 2012: Haley Barbour. The Mississippi governor is traveling the country this week, appearing at Republican fundraisers and conferences in what many see as a warm-up for a 2012 run, CQ Politics reports. A Republican consultant says Barbour, 61, has a good shot in a year with “no frontrunner.”

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The consultant praised Barbour's “record as governor, his conservatism, his ability to articulate a Reaganesque vision," adding, "He’s not tarred with the Bush brush at all.” Barbour hasn’t said whether he’ll run, but his long experience and connections in party politics give him a good shot—and he's saying the right things: “Any Republican who’s not focused on 2009 and 2010 doesn’t have his eye on the ball.”
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