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Barbour to New Hampshire

One day before visiting Iowa to raise money for the state party, Gov. Haley Barbour will do the same in New Hampshire, a stop that should clear up any doubt as to whether the Mississippi Republican is weighing the possibility of a run for president in 2012.

Barbour will make a stop in New Hampshire on June 24 to raise money for the state party.

"Haley Barbour is an accomplished Governor and was the best Republican National Committee Chairman we have seen in recent memory," said New Hampshire Republican strategist Mike Dennehy who advised Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) on his two winning campaigns in the state. "I can't imagine he'll run for President but as one of the top GOP leaders in the country, his message and presence in the state is critical to energizing the NH Republican Party."

Barbour allies insist that his travels have much more to do with his planned post as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2010. But, even though Gov. John Lynch (D-N.H.) is up for re-election next November -- New Hampshire governors have to run every two years -- it's hard to imagine him being a prime target for national Republicans.

As we wrote yesterday, Barbour's background as a lobbyist and his roots in the south would complicate a run for president. But back to back visits to New Hampshire and Iowa are an unmistakable sign that a national bid is something Barbour wants to keep on the radar.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2009; 12:14 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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Yeah! A white "good ole boy" Southerner. Oh that's the ticket-not!

Posted by: Shaun-kar | May 24, 2009 5:13 AM | Report abuse

... his background would complicate a run for County Sheriff..

Posted by: newbeeboy | May 23, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Who cares.

Mary Kay Letourneau (honorary PhD for this ground-breaking educator in order?)
Jesse Ventura (body slamming just about every wingnut on TV this week in the torture "debate")
Whoopi Goldberg (for calling out Glenn Beck in person)
Larry Wilkerson
C. Luther Powell
"Transporter 3"
Maxwell House coffee
Rancher Tom Donovan


R. Bruce Cheney (same talking points, same result--BHO wins, you lose)
Glenn Beck
Mikey Steele (for a stupid racial hate blast today against BHO; in the words of Terence Howard, (every day) you embarrass us, you embarrass yourself)
Torture cheerleaders
Finale of "24" (did the writers just get tired of typing?)
Starbucks burnt swill
Mr. L. Valance

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 22, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Barbour is a Republican HACK who was only elected to office by climbing onto George W. Bush's coattails while the Preznit's post-9/11 aura was still positive.

Posted by: dagnome | May 22, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Another day of laughing at Republicans.
It is just too easy.

I guess the only thing going on in the world of politics is Republicans attacking Democrats and making fools of themselves in the process?

Foreign policy is where the action is.

If all politics is ultimately about the economy, then fate of the dollar (the fate of the long bond) is the only thing that matters. In a way, the future of our political parties may have more to do with the decision made by the ("Red!") Chinese than anything we do from this point.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 22, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Barbour, the Lobbyist in Chief, as prez? What a boon for the corporate world!

Posted by: drindl | May 22, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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