Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has announced that he will not run for the GOP Presidential nomination in 2012.
The news came as a surprise to some pundits, considering that Barbour has visited several key battleground States in recent weeks, including an appearance in New Hampshire on April 14. Furthermore, The Associated Press reported this past weekend that Barbour could announce his Presidential campaign as early as this week.
However, in a written statement released on April 25, the governor said that he did not have the “fire in the belly” to hit the campaign trail. He has previously alluded to the fact that his wife and son had reservations about a Presidential bid.
“A candidate for President today is embracing a 10-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else,” wrote Barbour.
A former Republican National Committee chairman and Republican Governors Association chairman, Barbour was considered a viable candidate for the GOP nomination because of his national connections.
Barbour emerged victorious in a South Carolina straw poll that was released on April 15. He garnered 22 percent of the vote, which was 10 percentage points higher than the runner-up, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.