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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour makes early swing through Nevada as he contemplates run for president


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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour answers media questions following an event with Republican supporters and party leaders in Carson City on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Barbour also met with Gov. Brian Sandoval following the event.

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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour swung through Reno and Carson City today, meeting with party leaders, lobbyists, lawmakers and Gov. Brian Sandoval in an attempt to prove he’ll take Nevada seriously if he runs for president.

He was direct about his purpose, eschewing the traditional candidate’s pre-campaign obfuscation about his real reason for being in an early contest state.

“I’m here because I’m thinking about running for president,” he told reporters assembled at the Plaza Hotel in Carson City. “If I run, I will compete to win Nevada.”

Nevada is the third state on the presidential primary calendar after Iowa and New Hampshire.

In a brief question and answer session, Barber said he was well received by Nevada Republicans, rejecting the idea that Southern Republicans and Western Republicans, who are traditionally more libertarian, are all that far apart on the issues.

“I don’t see a big difference between Mountain Republican and Southern Republicans,” he said.

Barbour also was forthright about his unconditional support for storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

“We’ve been collecting taxes for that specific purpose and the American people should get their money’s worth,” he said.

Will that position hurt his candidacy in Nevada?

“Nah,” he said before turning to the next question.

When it comes to legalized prostitution, however, Barbour said that’s up to Nevadans.

“We don’t have legalized prostitution in Mississippi,” he said. “I’d be against it if someone proposed it.”

Although Barbour met with Sandoval, he said he didn’t ask Nevada’s popular new governor to support his presidential bid.

“He’s a great guy, we’re very proud of him,” Barbour said. “If I were he, I wouldn’t even think about endorsing anybody for president for a long, long time. I assume he’s going to keep his powder dry until we get up to or even beyond the Nevada caucuses.”

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  1. This dude is a gateway to an Obama landslide in 2012, as is the former Governor of Alaska.

  2. The only reason that Haley Barbour would even consider running for President, is because he has held so many political positions, has so many connections in Congress, and is a major player in the Republican Party.

    Other than that - he has nothing to bring to the table. His views are strictly Republican Party views, and not those of the people - any people, including the Tea Party folks.

    He is a has-been Governor that was elected to that position by POWER, and INFLUENCE; not just the vote of the people. As a result, Haley Barbour enjoys the favor of many people (for whom he does pay-back favors), but he also OWES many people who have done him favors.

    I would suggest that the (above) COMMENT by "Turrialba" is accurate. On a national scale, he WOULD enhance the re-election of Obama, because Barbour is not what the majority of conservative citizens want - or need - in a President. Barbour is a "Party" man, and everyone knows it. He is also an old man, with old ideas.

    Now you know why they say "Politicians never go away; they just change jobs."

    What America needs in a new President (in 2012) is an EXPERIENCED leader - who has knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, who will follow it, and will use his/her (government- or private sector-gained), executive management skills to solve our nations fiscal problems.

    And someone who will show compassion and honesty in dealing with legislation, and the problems we have - because such activities deeply impact the very lives of all the people of this great nation.

    He will also have to enlarge America's friendship with other countries, and restore our credibility among nations - as a great nation; NOT as "The Ugly American" we once were seen as (in the 1960's) - and have the potential to become, once again.

    Further, we need someone who will not destroy America through egalitarian ideals, not chastise any segment of our economic engine in favor of socialist ideals, or by promoting lofty and unnecessary legislation.

    However, we must also all learn to be responsible for ourselves, and NOT dependent on the government for anything more than that which is government's Constitutional responsibility.

    As a result, peace and tranquility must be preserved, because it is the Constitutional RIGHT given to all citizens - to live without government intervention, harrassment, or violation of citizen rights - as provided for and mandated by the U.S. Constitution.

    So, I say we cannot afford Haley Barbour - or any other "favorite" politician - to be elected by the "powerfull and the elite" of EITHER political party. We need a President that will serve all the people - all the time, and work with both political parties toward that end.

  3. Run for President of what? I'd throw my vote towards old Jerry Clower, a fine man from Mississippi,...of course he's dead now but even then, he'd make a better candidate than Barbour.

    (Reporters,...stop asking about opinions on legal prostitution,...its legal, should remain legal in Nevada (and become legal in other locations) but bringing it up will just wake up old Harry and he'll start his nonsense again,...its NOT a problem and our "elected" have enough real issues to deal with,...sometime, when they get around to them,...maybe when they feel like it...someday perhaps...

  4. Racist? Haley Barbour? There are questions based on his associations and past actions, need more information to make a conclusive decision. Innocent until proven guilty.