Barbour says he won't run for president
April 25th, 2011
03:19 PM ET

Barbour says he won't run for president

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.

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  1. banasy

    *Facepalm*

    April 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ole lady

    *FartPalm* 10000000000000

    April 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzz

    *LOLOLOpalm* 0

    April 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mmmmm

    *fingerpalm* anyone?

    April 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    *MySistaPalm* b

    April 25, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmmm

    *final footpalm*

    April 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip and Joey

    *GoodGuysPalm* win!

    April 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lucifer

    *POSpalm* Lose.....

    April 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    *????Palm* ?

    April 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The Song Fits

    *PinheadPalm* mnm

    April 25, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Outsider

    *FinnishGheyPalm* paska

    April 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. George D.

    *DimWitPalm* Duh

    April 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    I like to suck Barney's frank all the time. He pretends it's Barney the dinosaur and sings I love you you love me as I hold back the gagging. 😮

    April 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Sorry folks,I didn't post the above. That was Phunnie boy again with another one of his Tea Party jokes. As I'm no Tea Partier,I don't think that way! I'm still for Barney Frank,however.

      April 26, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey

    Either Barbour or Huckabee would be the worst of the worst that Republicans have to offer as their gift to my country.
    Huckabee?
    I don't want a Baptist preacher running my government: it's bad enough that preachers run churches. Discretionary funds are as mysterious as the Trinity.
    To win elections, Republicans have to offer poor people something to allow them to feel "better than" others, so they offer them Jesus, insisting that Jesus favors laws against abortion and laws for DOMA...and don't forget that Darwin and his monkey theory have to be outlawed.
    God, deliver us from Huckabee.

    April 26, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    With any luck, God will hear your prayers, Joey!

    April 26, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
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