Gov. Barbour rules out 2012 presidential run

April 25, 2011 2:50:00 PM

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JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour isn''t running for president in 2012. The Republican issued a statement Monday saying he "will not be a candidate for president next year." 

 

Barbour says it was a difficult, personal decision. But he said that it would have been an all-consuming effort to the exclusion of all else. He says he cannot offer "absolute fire in the belly" and "total certainty" that a presidential candidate should have. 

 

Barbour says he will continue his job as Mississippi governor and help elect governors across the country.