The first GOP casualty: Haley Barbour says no to ‘12 presidential race

Here’s the statement posted on the web site of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour:

“I will not be a candidate for president next year. 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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“This decision means I will continue my job as Governor Mississippi, my role in the Republican Governors Association and my efforts to elect a new Republican president in 2012, as the stakes for the nation require that effort to be successful.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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106 comments Add your comment

John K

April 25th, 2011
3:41 pm

Like he had a chance anyhow.

jconservative

April 25th, 2011
3:47 pm

Just as well. The “Morning Joe” show had him in an outright falsehood or showing a total ignorance of the history of deficits in this country.

And I was prepared to support him before that moment.

Einsteindawg

April 25th, 2011
3:48 pm

Although I’m a conservative, Barbour was unelectable, as is Palin, Huckabee, Romney, and most of the other Rep candidates. Unless the Repubs get together quickly, and select a candidate that they will stand behind, I’m afraid Hilary will be the next POTUS…and that can’t be good. I’m liking the fiscal responsibility of Rep. Paul Ryan.

blue dog

April 25th, 2011
3:58 pm

The GOP is divided by three separate groups, the Tea Party, the evangelicals and the moderates.
No candidate can appeal to all three. They are truly a dysfunctional party and it will cost them in 2012.

JP

April 25th, 2011
4:01 pm

I am a DEM and think there is still a long way to go before the election. Anything can happen, and Obama is hardly unbeatable for 2012…. I’m still thinking Romney could be a serious candidate…..

Last Man Standing

April 25th, 2011
4:05 pm

blue dog:

“They are truly a dysfunctional party and it will cost them in 2012.”

If I were you, I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. There is a long way to go in this process. If Hussein is re-elected, you won’t have anything to bet anyway.

Ken Tanner

April 25th, 2011
4:07 pm

Read between the lines. Haley Barbour just announced that he is a candidate for Vice President.

Atlmom

April 25th, 2011
4:08 pm

@einsteindawg: how in the world do you think hillary will be elected in 2012? that would be a huge improvement, by the way.
@blue dog: the Rs are just not very bright. last fall was a “we hate the dems” moment, and they actually seem to think it was about them. it was most definitely not. If they could put giuliani up there, he could win it – but just like my dad said: the R party has moved away from its core values. If Giuliani had been the candidate in 2008 they could have won. but they insist on not putting up candidates that can win. the evangelicals have to realize they will never govern in this country. they can keep pretending, and insisting on idiocy from candidates, but those candidates won’t ever win.
Herman Cain is my guy, actually. Here’s to hoping.

Atlmom

April 25th, 2011
4:09 pm

Ken: really? no matter what he says, he’s a candidate for VP? Why do people not believe a word anyone says anymore? LOL

Frederick Douglass

April 25th, 2011
4:11 pm

The only fire in that Boss Hogg’s belly would’ve been moonshine.

Einsteindawg

April 25th, 2011
4:12 pm

@Atlmom…with his track record, who would reelect Obama? Hillary will resign as SoS this summer, and will be the Dems choice. You don’t think Biden would even be considered do you? Cain is a good man, and I could vote for him, but I think he has only regional appeal. Just my opinion.

The Nerd

April 25th, 2011
4:13 pm

I don’t care who’s running for president, you’ll STILL get Obama in ‘12 wise guys.

Raquel Morris

April 25th, 2011
4:16 pm

This hurts. I was really looking forward to seeing Boss Hogg get embarrassed by President Obama.

JP

April 25th, 2011
4:19 pm

Dems will never allow a primary challenger to Obama in 2012, it will completely fracture the party guaranteeing a R win. A united Dem party will have a tough enough time winning in ‘12.

Einsteindawg

April 25th, 2011
4:22 pm

Now JP, when have the Dems ever thought things through? They’re too busy spending your and my money to buy votes from all the deadbeats.

WAW

April 25th, 2011
4:23 pm

The Nerd is correct.

Einsteindawg

April 25th, 2011
4:26 pm

No…the Nerd is a Nerd.

JP

April 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

Einstein, seriously, the liklihood of someone other than Obama being the Dem nomineee is about the same as Trump being the R nominee.

MS. Bully

April 25th, 2011
4:39 pm

He may not run for President but Haley Barbour has been one hell of a Governor for the State of Mississippi.

Einsteindawg

April 25th, 2011
4:39 pm

JP, I agree with you about Trump, but I think that the Clintons have some unfinished business. And, Obama’s stock will continue to drop, so the Dems will play into Hillary (and Bill’s) hands, they have long memories. Unless someone addresses this spending problem, it won’t matter who is President.

LIVE IN ATL NOT GA

April 25th, 2011
4:45 pm

I figured you hillbillies would love one of your own kind!! Truth is he is governing the poorest, most un-educated and fattest state in America….Would have made an excellent POTUS..Righttttt……

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

April 25th, 2011
4:45 pm

Barbour: Vietnam draft-dodger.

A “squid” but at least he served honorably: Ventura 2012.
Death for Treason…and you know what I’m talking about.

beanster

April 25th, 2011
4:46 pm

Einstein, you’re the nerd. Just like 2004 when half the country was left completely dumbfounded after America reelected GWB, half the country will again be dumbfounded when we sign up for 4 more years of Obama. Repubs are divided and they don’t have anyone who can hold a candle to Obama in the political arena.

Einsteindawg

April 25th, 2011
4:55 pm

Beanster…go back and reread my post 0f 3:48. BTW, wonder who would be elected if one of the qualifications for voting was “you had to have paid into FICA” sometime in your life?

Susan

April 25th, 2011
4:58 pm

Once again the R’s have proven my basic theory about them. They have some smarts but consistently disembowel each other and their party by splintering their candidates into little pieces and will never present a nominee who can beat Obama. I voted for him, still would again considering what the R’s have to offer but would consider a viable R candidate. They just can’t come up with one. When The Donald is considered by many R’s to be a possibility for nomination all is lost. The dsynfunction in the R party is worse than Lindsey Lohan’s life. Sad.

Like rats jumping off a sinking ship, the possible candidates will run for the hills until 2016 when they know the D’s don’t have a nominee in waiting.

JP

April 25th, 2011
5:01 pm

A lot of stuff can happen in the next 18 months that can absolutely bury Obama – the recovery – as it is – slows or reverses, we’re paying $5 a gallom for gas, unemployment stays around 8-9% (it was 7.6% when he took office), Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya are worse. A lot of things can happen. I still think Romney is the biggest threat – due to his organization, money, and economic bona fides…

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

April 25th, 2011
5:05 pm

VN draft-dodger Romney has “econ bona fides?”

What? Selling Bain to the Chinese? What a profound pansy!

Michael

April 25th, 2011
5:06 pm

“Hundreds of people have encouraged me to run . . .” ‘Nuf said.

Einsteindawg

April 25th, 2011
5:10 pm

JP is correct…how many of you will vote for BO with “out-o-sight” prices? (Maybe only those on the Gov’t dole) I guess you got the “change” you were promised. I’m voting for the candidate that is in touch with reality and deals with our spending problem.

LIVE IN ATL NOT GA

April 25th, 2011
5:11 pm

Einsteindawg….which is ZERO Republican canidates…..

Gman

April 25th, 2011
5:16 pm

It is quite evident that the GOP can’t field a candidate that appeals to nutjobs, neanderthals, and moderates. President Obama wins again!!!

The Owl of Prophecy

April 25th, 2011
5:16 pm

Live In Atl Not Ga, which candidates would that be?

The Owl of Prophecy

April 25th, 2011
5:19 pm

Why don’t you run Gman. With your rosy outlook and keen sense of judgement, you might just qualify. Maybe for sensitivity training!

DEA

April 25th, 2011
5:21 pm

The field was bound to narrow-down at some point. This is the start of it. Running for president is expensive and time-consuming. If you don’t think you have a good shot, there’s no point in wasting the money or time. The field still has alot of winnowing-down to do. We’ll know more about what’s out there at the end of this year.

Da Grinch

April 25th, 2011
5:23 pm

Boss Hogg knew he had no chance. All repubs are scared s___tless to run against President Obama.

DEA

April 25th, 2011
5:24 pm

I’d list former governors as the most likely successful candidates in a general election: Romney, Pawlenty, Daniels. Of those I’d probably support either Pawlenty or Daniels over Romney, but quite frankly I’d support a lump of coal or a dead chicken over Obama. Either would be less damaging to our country.

Kris In Loganville

April 25th, 2011
5:25 pm

Barbour was wasting his time. He is merely a modern day George Wallace-minus the supposed redemption. Only conservatives in the our neck of the woods thought he stood a chance because he would surely have been thumped everywhere else. Barbour is a buffoon and more than likely a bit of a racist as well.

What a country cornball.

DEA

April 25th, 2011
5:26 pm

Da Grinch: no one is scared to run against this complete disaster of a president. No one. He may even face a viable primary fight if things keep getting worse in this country.

HaleyHog

April 25th, 2011
5:27 pm

Is it just me or do others notice that Haley snorts when he talks. Or maybe he talks when he snorts?

DEA

April 25th, 2011
5:28 pm

Kris: Barbour was the successful and much-liked former governor of a state, and the very effective former national party chair. He has far better credentials than our current president. And probably is less of a racist too.

con

April 25th, 2011
5:31 pm

His recent racist statements did him in.

Einsteindawg

April 25th, 2011
5:32 pm

DEA…my thoughts, too. I’m thinking Hillary.

Hambone

April 25th, 2011
5:34 pm

I’d vote for a One-eyed, one-horned purple people-eater before I’d vote for obama.

Sheb Wooley

April 25th, 2011
5:38 pm

Hambone, I think that’s a one-eyed, one-horned FLYING purple people-eater.

Joe Mama

April 25th, 2011
5:41 pm

Hambone — “I’d vote for a One-eyed, one-horned purple people-eater before I’d vote for obama.”

And if the GOP thinks they can get votes out of it, they’ll find one and run it in the primary.

Democrats Everywhere

April 25th, 2011
5:48 pm

Dammit! I am so disappointed!

AtlJack

April 25th, 2011
5:51 pm

Track your history… Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, Papa Bush, Reagan, Carter…in the television age, America does not elect fat guys (Clinton was slightly chubby but Barbour could be a aircraft carrier).

The Clintons are done. If you watch programs like Rush, Hannity, and Fox Faux News, you think Obama is not electable. But he will be. And by a large margin.

NO ONE in the south thought Obama was electable in 2008 but he won in a landslide. He won by 12 million votes. W Bush, a sitting President only beat Kerry by 3 million votes.

Huckabee, Palin, Barbour are only appealing to a small segment of the population.If you are a member of that small segment you become sure they could win. But they can’t.

yuzeyurbrane

April 25th, 2011
5:54 pm

Haley is probably the most astute Republican politician. He has read the tea leaves and seen that the Republican nominee will lose to Obama. It’s the same reason Jeb Bush, the second most astute Republican politician, is sitting this one out. Also, whatever he publicly says, I’ll bet that is Karl Rove’s analysis, too.

Last Man Standing

April 25th, 2011
6:23 pm

Sheb Wooley:
Hambone:

You guys are really showing your age!

Ric

April 25th, 2011
6:24 pm

Einsteindawg,
“the fiscal responsibility of Rep. Paul Ryan” ?????
Really? The guy who voted for TARP? And the fiscal insanity during the Bush presidency?