Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday he will not run for president in 2012.
"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," Barbour (pictured), a Republican, said in a statement.
“A candidate for president today is embracing a 10-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else," the statement continued. "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."
A number of other Republicans are near their own self-imposed deadlines for making a decision about a 2012 presidential bid.FULL STORY