Barbour heading west to Nevada
March 21st, 2011
11:53 AM ET
4 years ago

Barbour heading west to Nevada

(CNN) - Add Nevada to the crucial early states in the road to the White House that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's visiting.

CNN confirmed Monday that the probable 2012 GOP presidential hopeful will meet with Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and lunch with GOP lawmakers Tuesday in Carson City, Nevada.

The trip to Nevada could be a sign that Barbour will compete in the Silver State if he formally jumps into the race for the White House. As of now, Nevada's caucuses, scheduled for next February, go third in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

At the end of this week Barbour makes a return trip to Iowa. The state's caucuses traditionally kick off the race for the White House. And at the end of the month Barbour's in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary of the presidential season.

Word of Barbour's trip to Nevada comes as he made another high-profile hire, Sally Bradshaw, a longtime adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Bradshaw worked for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the 2008 battle for the GOP presidential nomination.

Barbour recently brought on board to his political action committee Jim Dyke, a former Republican National Committee communications director. And he signed up Mike Dennehy in New Hampshire. Dennehy was a key player in Sen. John McCain's 2000 & 2008 primary victories in the Granite state.

Barbour continues to say he plans to decide at the end of April - after the Mississippi legislature concludes its session - whether or not he will seek the GOP presidential nomination.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Richard T.

    Nevada does not need the likes of him. We already have Sharron (M)Angle.

    March 21, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    Barbour should just save his time. I think he knows as well as anybody that he can't win the general election.

    March 21, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Check out the resumes of 10 women presidents/spouses around the World and Palin and her husband make the U.S. look like ignorant fools. Surely we can do better.

    March 21, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    He eats too much. Talk about bankrupting the country for his groceries !

    March 21, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Pretzel Logic

    He's only in Nevada for the all-you-can-eat buffets. It's not like he has a chance in Hades at getting elected.

    March 21, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Julie C

    Just one word for this corrupt creep, "Oink".

    March 21, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. AC

    Barbour stay at home, your not needed out west, especially Neveda! Take care of the roadways and sidewalks in Jackson.

    March 21, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. DOCinPA

    Man. If this guy doesn't look like heart attack material. Something tells me he wouldn't do too well on a stress test treadmill.

    March 21, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Name Creole

    This guy can NOT HELP MISSISSIPPI out how in the HELL he can do anything for the rest of America but do everything he and the rest of the Republic party of NO Bash Obama of 2012.......Stay on track Mr. Obama

    March 21, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Haley Barbour presides over one of the 5 biggest drains on the United States. Mississippi gets back over $2.00 for every $1.00 it sends to Washington, and has for years. Do we really want a president who can't even get his state off of "federal welfare". I've seen better managers in Little League Baseball than what is currently in the field of republicans testing the waters. I can only hope America wakes up and sees these fanatical, career politicians for what they are before it is too late!

    March 21, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. one voice

    This FLAMMING RACIST has NO CHANCE on being President, ZIP,ZILCH,NADA.

    March 21, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. diridi

    you fatty, you need a bimbo like sarah palling....gamble in Las Vages....you may win presidency.....who knows...be be careful in las vages..idiot.....

    March 21, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. purnellmeagrejr

    Are they doing a remake of the Dukes of Hazzard and need someone to play Boss Hogg?

    March 21, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Mikey

    Barbour hasn't even announced his candidacy for an election that's 20 months away and I am already tired of bored with him. Not a good sign. Let's see if he even carries Mississippi in the primaries (or if he lasts that long).

    March 21, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. sammieb51

    Can we stick an apple in this guys mouth and call him DONE yet?

    March 21, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Jilli

    This big fat slobbering bigot is about 60 years too late to win any national election. He and his backwards attitudes may have won in the 50's, but 2011, not a chance. Another point to consider – look at the state of the state of MIssissippi – it ranks close to last in just about every statistical category. It's like the nations cesspool – the land that time forgot.

    March 21, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. dashabq

    Time to govern Haley; you spend more time in other states that your own.

    March 21, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. ST

    CNN don't you have any other picture of this man! I always get scared looking at it!

    March 21, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. laurence

    He needs to go sit his racist self down somewhere.

    March 21, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Another republican headed to one of those sex ranches in Nevada.

    March 21, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. geecee

    Why are these so-called GOP Presidential Candidates even bothering? Can't they see they don't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting their Party's nomination? Oh, well, let them waste their time and money (or the RNC's money) whatever.

    March 21, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. fayse

    The GOP stil has no worthwhile, potential Candidate, The have no jobs proposal, they have no platform, other than trying to stick their noses in private and personal issues and the constant whining and carping, they have nothing. Most of them are under Contract to Fox news. Works for me Obama / Biden 2012.

    March 21, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. al in memphis

    I can't fault all the GOPers for lining up to run against Obama, they see their just based on all the unfounded hatred for Obama being in office. They know that we don't want to hear the truth about how long it takes to fix the mess that has been developing for the last 2 decades, we don't think that Iraq and Afgan wars impact the budget mess, we don't think that banks/walls street stealing money and then having the taxpayers pay their bills has impacted the economy, we don't think that health care cost is ruining the GDP, we don't think that USA is falling too far behind in having an educated population that we can compete globally, we expect constant critics and no solutions. How are we coming with the best of Limbaugh quotes. And, don't for get we need to increase our video editing staff by 200 people so we can doctor all the Obama video we can get our hands on. Now, when do I repeat what I said about Obama causing this economic crisis. Don't forget we need more prepare statements to cover up the fact that Obama gave us a chance to come up with a better health care plan and we aint doing nothing .
    Oops, I forgot to close the door to our Barbour strategy meeting

    March 21, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. R

    @Claudia,
    I'm not a supporter of Palin in any way, shape or form. That being said; what does Barbour's trip to Nevada have anything to do about Palin and her husband or their "resumes?"

    March 21, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. willie floyd

    Stay in NV-one way to get you out of the South! Only problem-do they allow conferderate flags to be flown in NV? Be sure you pack your robe and hat.

    OBAMA/BIDEN-2012

    March 21, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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