October 14th, 2010
10:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Barbour adviser rejects talk of possible RNC bid

(CNN) – Could Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour be talked into running for Republican National Committee chairman next year, instead of seeking the White House?

Not a chance, a Barbour insider told CNN Thursday, responding to a report in Politico that "a handful of well-known Republicans" are planning to ask Barbour after Nov. 2 to seek the RNC post "for the good of the party."

Barbour, who is contemplating a possible White House bid in 2012, already served as RNC chairman from 1993 to 1997 and is currently chairing the Republican Governors Association, which he's transformed into a fundraising behemoth in an election year when 37 governorships are on the line.

"Governor Barbour is serving the Party and making a huge difference in this election cycle," the Barbour adviser told CNN. "These folks in Washington are misinformed if they think the Governor would run for RNC Chairman while he's also serving as governor of Mississippi."


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. larry

    Barbar the elephant would be a perfect choice for the RNC chair (better make it a really big chair). If you remember the elephant from the Timex commecial who grinded the Timex into the ground and the watch didn't take the licking and it stopped ticking. I think Barbar was that animal.

    October 14, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Good – he's a prejudiced, lying, loud-mouh blob of fat, just like christie.

    October 14, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Dean

    As a conservative I find it appalling that the Republicans or Democrats would pick a person who is the governor of the state that ranks last in every category to run as president of the U. S.

    October 14, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. a in austin

    Why should he head the RNC? He can raise all the "under the table/back pocket" $$$ he wants in the position he's in. The majority of the $$$ for the GOBP is being raised thru PAC, not the RNC.

    October 14, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    It is a shame because he would make a great president, but the Democrat liberal elite and their willing allies in the MSM would destroy him based on his appearance and accent. Those things are important to Democrat liberals, how do you think we ended up with a slimy, corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toady as our president.

    October 14, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. disbelief

    Republicans a qualified – for nothing!

    October 14, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. vic nashville tn

    CNN which RNC you’re talking
    Mama Grizzly republicans , Karl Rove republicans

    October 14, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Jay

    And that still makes the list of new GOP candidates for 2012 who can defeat Obama to : ZERO

    October 14, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I thought Michael Steele was doing such a fabulous job for the RNC. I guess not if they are willing to look under rocks for his replacement.

    October 14, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Sounds like Michael Steele won't be RNC chairman for sure. But they'll find something for Mike to do that will keep him in the background and his mouth shut.

    October 14, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. mtrought

    This guys barbour looks like a crook especially with this hidden financing mechanism being used by the GOP

    October 14, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |