Washington (CNN) - A potential GOP presidential contender is spending Presidents Day in the state that traditionally kicks off the race for the White House.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is in Iowa Monday, meeting with state Republican party officials and with some state lawmakers. Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee during the 1990's and chairman of the Republican Governors Association last cycle, is seriously considering a bid for his party's presidential nomination.
After meeting with Gov. Terry Branstad, Barbour spoke with reporters about his timeline.
"There's a lot that enters into it. I have been political director of the White House under Ronald Reagan and I understand what I'm getting into. I'm 63 years old and this is a 10 year commitment if you run and get elected, you're committing yourself for reelection and so you've got to be prepared for a 10 year commitment and that's the majority of the rest of my productive life and you have to decide am I willing to take on the most consuming job in the world, which the presidency is, and I have to see if I have the fire in the belly and the willingness, to the exclusion of all other things, to take that on," according to a transcript from Radio Iowa News Director Kay Henderson
Barbour's scheduled to return to Iowa on March 15, when he headlines a GOP dinner in Scott County. The Mississippi governor says he'll decide about whether he'll run for the White House after his state's legislature adjourns in April, telling reporters that "I don't believe in running for the next job until I finish the job I've got."
Iowa's caucuses traditionally lead off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.
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