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.
May 22, 2009; 12:14 PM ET
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