February 8th, 2010
04:49 PM ET
4 years ago

Barbour to visit another key early voting state

Mississippi's Republican Gov. Haley Barbour will visit South Carolina on March 15 to keynote the Spartanburg County GOP's annual President's Day dinner.
Mississippi's Republican Gov. Haley Barbour will visit South Carolina on March 15 to keynote the Spartanburg County GOP's annual President's Day dinner.

Washington (CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, one of several Republicans thought to be considering a White House bid in 2012, is making another trip to a key early voting state.

Barbour, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will visit South Carolina on March 15 to keynote the Spartanburg County GOP's annual President's Day dinner. Spartanburg County GOP Chairwoman LaDonna Ryggs told CNN that the event – which she described as "a very large fundraiser" – was re-scheduled from its original date in February.

Barbour has already made trips in recent months to the presidential proving grounds of Iowa and New Hampshire, but at the time he said those trips were part of his duties as RGA chairman. South Carolina will elect a new governor in November.

One of Barbour's political confidantes said it's understandable the governor's political travels will raise suspicions about a possible 2012 bid, but said Barbour is genuinely focused of winning governor's races this fall.

"It's natural that people will make some assumptions because South Carolina is an early primary state, but if it had been Alabama or Florida or some other state, he would have been just as eager to go," said the person close to Barbour, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly about his thinking. "It is who is he is. He loves going to these things. He calls it political recreation."

Ryggs said she reached out to invite Barbour to the dinner, because he is a strong conservative who "is very popular" in Spartanburg County. "He will be a good draw," she said.

Ryggs added that she has been in touch with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal about appearing in Spartanburg later this year.

She also said she reached out last year to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels about a visit, but was told that the governor was planning to focus on his home state for the time being. She said Daniels would "definitely be contender" for the Republican nomination if he decided to run.

But Ryggs expressed surprise that more potential presidential candidates haven't made early trips to South Carolina. Possible contenders like Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Mike Pence and Rick Santorum have made recent visits, but the state hasn't seen the same kind of early foot traffic that it did in the two years before the 2008 election.

Ryggs said she was particularly surprised that she never heard back from Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty after reaching out to his staff about a possible South Carolina appearance.

"We want them to start coming to South Carolina," she said. "I was really surprised, because I thought if they were serious about running they would start to branch out by now."


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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. AmFem

    Monster Zero-Let me guess... you get your news from Fox, Limbaugh, Hannity? No such directives existed. It's amazing, but not at all surprising, how delusional the Fox viewers are. A classic O'Reilly sentence starts out as: "What if someone were to say...," and then he comes up with some outrageous BS like: "... that there is a Whitehouse directive calling on citizens to report anyone showing dissent against the Obama ideologies, blah, blah, blah" He plants a seed and you water it. Pathetic.

    February 8, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. J.Crobuzon

    Guy looks like he's about one drunken screaming rage away from a stroke. PLEASE set him up as the next GOP candidate, with Palin as his ruining mate, and make it easy for the Democrats in 2012. Man, the bottom of the barrel is getting close.

    February 8, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Chris I Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Hey there CI. Your panties are riding pretty high there, aren't they! Sounds like they have cut-off oxygen to the reasoning part of that withered organ you call a brain.

    LIBERALS ARE AN EMBARASSMENT AND DISGRACE TO THIS COUNTRY: I agree...like the liberals on the supreme court who liberally gave citizen status to corporations....like the liberals in Congress who liberally use lies and factless fearmongeriing to defeat efforts to address our country's problems.....like the liberals who dragged this country into a near-depression when they were in charge because of their liberal views that banks and corporations don't need to follow rules and regulations....like the liberals in the voting public that are so liberal with reality that they can't tell the difference between [R] FAILURE and [D] PROGRESS, and wish with all their heart for even MORE failure.

    February 8, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Gary

    Hurry Repubs, March 15th is just right around he corner. Better go get those white sheets cleaned.

    February 8, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Monster Zero says, "I recall a not too distant past Whitehouse directive calling for citizens to report anyone showing dissent against the Obama ideologies to the Whitehouse .."

    What?!? "Zero" is a good name for you, because apparently that is your IQ. Offer proof for your statements (other than your ability to type what you hear Limbaugh say).

    And you further say that there's "a hammer and sickle or swastika flying in the Whitehouse". Make up your mind: Do you think President Obama is a Communist or a Fascist?

    But wait! You deciding would require knowing what each is and the difference between the two!

    You rightwing nuts are downright dumb!

    February 8, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Lori in St Pete

    Sue, contrary to what the reichwing screaming heads tell you, Obama voters didn't vote for him based on "popularity/appeal/charisma". I had no clue who he was or what he was about prior to 2008, and he wasn't my choice in the primaries. However, I researched his platform and listened to what he said prior to making my decision to vote for him. Your misinformed claim about "popularity/appeal/charisma" garnering voters is actually projection. Remember, YOUR team is the one that chose the dim bulb AND scott brown, and the screaming heads even admitted it. BTW, what is scott's platform?

    February 8, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. joe mett

    Please, give us a break. He should learn from history. Presidents are elected in their 40's and 50's. The only southern governors that have gotten elected in recent past are Bill Clinton, Carter and the Bushes. Texas does not fit like a typical southern state. Bill Clinton was young and charismatic and had progressive ideas. Carter was Mr. Peanut Farmer and progressive with a lot of new era ideas.

    But not this old guy from the southern state of Mississippi. Republicans bring it on. He is a not a Ronald Reagan in eloquence or charisma. Who wants to follow Gov. Barbour to the political mountain top. At least who wants to be governed by this right-wing conservative?

    Free advice to the Republicans. Get a candidate from any of the big states with progressive ideas that align with the new political era not these Tea Party candidates like Gov. Babour, Sarah Palin and the like. The electoral college system and the changing demographics would not favor them.

    Free advice and I want the GOP to pay me for this free advice.

    February 8, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. republican

    An excellent member for the fascist "no" party.

    February 8, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Go drive a toyota off a cliff.

    February 8, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. J.Crobuzon

    monster0, I hear Godzilla is lookin' for you. Where did you get all that crazy stuff about Obama hunting for dissidents? BUSH called people who dissed him traitors, and his Rush said they were 'emboldening America's enemies.' Now Rush wants us to be attacked so his party can gain in power(seriously, he said so) and you are hallucinating communist presidents? Take a pill, man. And listen, Whitehouse is a porn site, not the government. Maybe you are typing in the wrong URL?

    February 8, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    It continues to amaze me how easily used these rightwing nut jobs are. I just don't get how they can't see that Republican policies hurt those at the bottom of the economic ladder the most.

    Do Republican tax cuts for the wealthy help you? No – the standard line is the wealthy create jobs. Yeah, overseas, where the labor is cheap and environmental protections are non-existent. Meanwhile, American jobs go away, real wages fall and peoples’ life’s work gets destroyed by one illness.

    Do Republican military policies help you? No – the majority of those serving in our military come from modest backgrounds. When we had a draft during the Viet Nam War, Chicken Hawks like Cheney, Limbaugh, Gingrich, Rumsfeld, etc., etc., etc., all took multiple college deferments to get out of serving their country. (In the present day, you've got folks like Mitt Romney and his four sons, none of whom have served.)

    Do Republican foreign policies help you? No – only an idiot would ignore a Presidential Daily Briefing that explicitly states that Al Qaeda wants to attack the U.S. using airplanes; and yet, that's exactly what GW Bush did prior to the attacks of 9/11.

    The Republicans use hate, fear, division and lies to manipulate people to the polls.

    Do yourselves a favor: Use your brains, quit being a victim, see the truth and set yourselves free from being the puppets of the GOP.

    February 8, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Leo

    During Haley Barbour's failed 1982 attempt to unseat Mississippi senator John Stennis, an aide complained that there would be "coons" at a campaign stop. Barbour warned the aide that if he continued to make racist comment, he wouls be reincarnated as a watermelon and placed at the mercy of blacks........America we don't need this guy for President Period...........

    February 8, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Freedom Man

    Hey Bubba you better get your gun and truck painted if you want to come north. We are not interested in any of that white trash talk. We want the public option for our American families who do not have insurance.. You are killing Americans who have no healthcare because they are unemployed or poor.

    February 8, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Hank

    Look at this guy. He's a heart attack waiting to happen. Does anyone actually think he'll be alive in 2012?

    February 8, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Leo

    During Haley Barbour's failed 1982 attempt to unseat Mississippi senator John Stennis, an aide complained that there would be "coons" at a campaign stop. Barbour warned the aide that if he continued to make racist comments, he would be reincarnated as a watermelon and placed at the mercy of blacks........America we don't need this guy for President Period...........

    February 8, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Greg

    The GOP will never nominate this guy: He's too fat, he's from nowhere, and he talks like his mouth is full of marbles. Though she says nothing, Sarah Palin at least looks good and can talk.

    February 8, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. coach

    Back to the future.

    February 8, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. Zion

    No.

    February 8, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney, Huckabee, Gingrich, Palin, Pawlenty, and Barbour....why isn't the GOP taking the next presidential election seriously.

    February 8, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. RON

    Just another big bag of wind.

    February 8, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Adam from Ohio

    If this bulbous freakshow runs, it'll be the most lopsided route by the incumbent since Reagan beat Mondale in '84. This guy meets all the worst stereotypes of fat, intemperate, back-slappin', graft-loving southern governors and won't play outside of the deep (white) south.

    February 8, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. jjh

    Too liberal. Let Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck run together. They are the true heirs of Ronald Reagan.

    February 8, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Lori in St Pete

    Leo mentions that hatefilled sack of racism, John Stennis. The guy has a space center in Louisiana named for him. Guess the only way to get ahead in southern politics is through hate and division. Explains a lot about their insanity over a biracial democrat holding the highest office in the land.

    February 8, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Orange Curtain, CA

    He is perfect for the GOP. The Neo-Confederates finally have a true Southerner to lead the party again and join Rick Perry in discussion about how to divide the nation or talk about succession.

    February 8, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. rhinoceros

    Just what we need most......... An old, fat, white, racist redneck running the Country as President.

    Fresh, new idea.

    February 8, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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