August 12th, 2010
03:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Barbour to headline major Florida GOP dinner

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is booked as keynote speaker for the Florida GOP's 'Victory Dinner.'
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is booked as keynote speaker for the Florida GOP's 'Victory Dinner.'

Washington (CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a possible White House candidate in 2012, will headline a major dinner for the Republican Party of Florida in September.

The Mississippi governor is booked as keynote speaker for the Florida GOP's "Victory Dinner" on September 10 in Orlando, a party official told CNN Thursday.

The Florida GOP hopes to raise $1 million at the event, the party's biggest fundraiser of the year.

Along with Barbour's appearance, the dinner will promote the GOP's slate of statewide candidates, including Senate hopeful Marco Rubio and the winner of the divisive Republican gubernatorial primary fight between Attorney General Bill McCollum and health care executive Rick Scott.

The dinner will take place at Disney's Contemporary Resort, which, according to its website, boasts views of nearby Space Mountain and Cinderella Castle.

Political travels around the country are not unusual for Barbour, who chairs the Republican Governors Association and is regarded as one of his party's top strategists.

But scheduling a high-profile trip to a state as politically consequential as Florida signals that Barbour, who is privately contemplating a presidential run, is serious about keeping his name in the mix for 2012.

Barbour has already visited the key early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, and just this week Barbour's political action committee sent an introductory mail piece to Republicans in Iowa.


Filed under: 2012 • Haley Barbour • Mississippi
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Paul

    We cannot reward those who are responsible for this mess in the first place. Have we forgotten the BUSH-GOP era and the millions of jobs that we lost thanks to their policies?

    It would be stupid if we give them back our economy when they almost destroyed it. On the contrary some of their Wall Street pals should be in jail for what they did to our families.

    Politicians are not necessarily the best people, but at least the Dems are working to help the middle class while the GOP has done nothing in Congress other than spreading hatred and racism across America.

    Let us be smart and let us say no to the party of NO

    August 12, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. cando

    Barbour, another real winner (not) for the GOP.

    August 12, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Please run, please run for Prez. Barbour epitomizes the GOP. Deep South Confederate party, old...that wants to turn back the clock to the 1800's and rewrite the Constitution to fit their Puritan-Fascist agenda.

    August 12, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Video Guy

    Florida GOP's "Victory Dinner" on September 10 in Orlando

    A little early

    Is it that hard to find a politician in Florida to steak? How about the Florida Governor, he's a GOPer?

    August 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. FarLeft

    Barbour?! For The White House?! Wow. Look at this guy. He is the quintessential 'fat-cat'. Mississippi has the highest grocery tax in the country, and the lowest taxes on big biz (see: big tobacco). To translate (for all you 'rebels'...): Billy-Bob foots the bill for the tobacco idiots. How many people per year does smoking kill again?? This guy is an 'epitome'.., of EVERYTHING that's wrong with American politics.

    August 12, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This pooh butt is seriously considering running for President? He's going to have to explain to me why Mississippi's education rate is the poorest in the nation.

    August 12, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. gt

    i would like to see haley and the huckster in a rib eating contest....

    August 12, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. vic

    Haley Barbour or Sarah Palin in 2012 ticket democrats will be so happy

    August 12, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Pete

    Say it ain't so. We really want caribou barbie, Sarah to run. What's most amazing is that with just a little over two years to go the Republicans have no one really identified as their candidate. No one, is Mickey D next to be offered up.

    So much for the Jeb's tsunami...

    August 12, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. phyllis sanders

    If Biscuit Boy Haley Barbour, run for President and wins, I will have to give it up, and leave this Great Country, he is one of the biggest and I do mean BIGGEST CROOKS in this Country..

    He makes me sick, i cannot stand this person.

    and i live in the State of Mississippi. and no i did not vote for him, I had rather drink muddy water, and sleep in a hollow log, than vote for Biscuit Boy..............

    peace out.

    August 12, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |