April 1, 2011 2:56:00 PM
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour''s wife says the thought of his running for president "horrifies me" because it would be "a huge sacrifice for a family to make."
"It''s been a lot to be first lady of the state of Mississippi and this would be 50 times bigger," Marsha Barbour told south Mississippi''s WLOX-TV on Thursday.
She''s not the first member of the Barbour family to express reservations about the governor''s possible run for the Republican nomination. One of the Barbours'' adult sons, Sterling, told a magazine editor in an email two weeks ago that he''s a private person and he hopes his father doesn''t run for president.
Barbour''s wife and son both say they''ll support him if he enters the race. Barbour, 63, has said he may announce his intentions this month.
Jim Dyke, a spokesman for the governor, told The Associated Press on Friday that Marsha Barbour was saying what everyone knows about campaigns.
"There are unique demands posed by the daunting challenge of campaigning for and serving as president of the United States," Dyke said.
Barbour, in his second term as governor, has appeared in Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina and other states with early presidential caucuses or primaries.
Marsha Barbour has kept a relatively low profile as the governor''s wife, aside from her help with Hurricane Katrina recovery. She spent several weeks on the Gulf Coast after Katrina struck in August 2005, communicating with Barbour''s staff about neighborhoods in need of food and other necessities.
She said a presidential campaign could take two years, and there would be another eight-year commitment if her husband wins two terms. That, she said, would take 10 years from "the last part our productive lives."
"It horrifies me," she said. "It''s a very overwhelming task and he''s going out and doing some things just to see if he gets that fire in his belly. If he''s not passionate about it, there''s no reason for him to run."
Haley and Marsha Barbour have been married since December 1971. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren.
Marsha Barbour said she''s praying about her husband''s decision.
"If God and Haley decide to do it, I''m sure God will give me strength to be a good partner," she said.
hope commented at 4/1/2011 3:37:00 PM:
It makes me feel good because the Democrats will win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 4/3/2011 4:44:00 AM:
Hey Marsha, the idea of your husband running for President scares me too.
Hope, you think you're going to win something if the Democrats win, do you? Did you win something in Jackson?
You must be sorta blonde or something if you think either party is doing anything for you or the country. Maybe you should try opening BOTH eyes and have some coffee while you're at it. I've been watching politics since the Nixon days and have yet to see anyone doing anything other than the same old lies and the same old games.
Maybe your just young.
hope commented at 4/3/2011 12:06:00 PM:
A vote for Republicans would be a vote for Khadafi:(Do as I say but not as I do.) I can't go that route!
A vote for the Republicans would be a vote for slavery. We all agree that's no good! I can't go that route.
A vote for the Republicans would be a vote to have a government run by the Corporations. I can't go that route either.
The Democrats will have to me my choice until something better comes along. At least they are for all the people not just a select few.
doj commented at 4/3/2011 1:26:00 PM:
God must really love stupid and ignorant people. He made SO many of them.
hope commented at 4/3/2011 1:40:00 PM:
@doj:That's another reason I can't vote for them!
doj commented at 4/3/2011 3:17:00 PM:
@hope...You are hopeless. I was talking about you.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 4/4/2011 6:08:00 AM:
I'm going to chalk it up to you being young Hope, but I will give you a clue if you'll take one.
It doesn't matter if you put a purple monkey in Congress, American Corporations will still own them. It is the system that is corrupt. It is a system that allows lobbyist to buy votes on issues, a system which allows Congress to pork up a bill way beyond reason just for the sake of grabbing cash. It is the whole political football game of "us-vs-them" that keeps them from being effective at all. It is the lifetime jobs in Congress that keeps you from getting new ideas and breaking up old alliances which aren't in our best interests. It is having a system that allows the fox to guard the hen house which is killing you.
A vote for either party is a wasted vote. Don't just "settle" for them. Refuse to vote for either one until they get their act together.
And you are just plain wrong about them being for "everyone" instead of a few. They still only care about a few: themselves and their buddies.
Wake up girl.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 4/6/2011 2:00:00 AM:
Go home Boss Hogg. We don't need another DO NOTHING President.
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