Barbour's wife 'horrified' at presidential prospects
April 1st, 2011
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Barbour's wife 'horrified' at presidential prospects

(CNN)– The wife of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says she is "horrified" that her husband is seriously considering a bid for the presidency.

In an interview with CNN affiliate WLOX in Biloxi, Marsha Barbour admitted the "overwhelming" task of a presidential run is something she may not quite be ready for.

"It's been a lot to be first lady of the state of Mississippi and this would be 50 times bigger," she said. "It's a huge sacrifice for a family to make."

The governor is still testing the waters of a potential bid for the 2012 Republican nomination and has made no formal announcement regarding his intentions.

But Marsha Barbour revealed she is wary of a 10-year commitment she believes would accompany a presidential run - and, presumably, two terms in office - during "the last part of our productive lives."

Despite her hesitation, Barbour said that the final decision is up to her husband.

"That's a commitment that I am praying about," she said.

"And if God and Haley decide to do it, I'm sure God will give me strength to be a good partner."

Barbour Communications Director Jim Dyke responded saying, "Mrs. Barbour said what we all know: There are unique demands posed by the daunting challenge of campaigning for and serving as president of the United States."

Filed under: 2012 • Haley Barbour • Mississippi
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Will

    Haley's got too much baggage to run

    April 2, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. Bill from GA

    I'm sure she's a real fine lady, but she don't got nuttin' to worry about. Trust Me. She will NOT be the First Lady.
    No reflection on her.

    April 2, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  3. Bill R in Oakland


    We're all horrified.

    April 2, 2011 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  4. Seattle Sue

    Do not be afraid Mrs. Barbour, your husband has absolutely no chance of ever becoming President.

    April 2, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  5. thesavage10

    She don't need to worry, no chance in He.. he could win. No way at all, by 2012 it will be hard for any republican to win anything !!

    April 2, 2011 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  6. Kevin

    "The wife of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says she is 'horrified' that her husband is seriously considering a bid for the presidency."

    Well, that makes two of us.

    April 2, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  7. TriB

    Her fears are unfounded.

    April 2, 2011 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Me too, Marsha. But for very different reasons

    April 2, 2011 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  9. left coast mike

    God ain't got nuttin' to do with it. He left the room a long time ago and juset decided we were a bunch of immature jerks!

    April 2, 2011 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  10. Rowe

    She's not the only one.

    April 2, 2011 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    Not as much as we,

    April 2, 2011 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  12. Debra From Georgia

    She horrified, the America People are Horrified

    April 2, 2011 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  13. wjk

    TRUST ME, you aren't the only one who is horrified at the thought.....

    April 2, 2011 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  14. ASingh

    Let me see. Guv from the most backward state and with no national appeal and achievements to tout, what so ever. Don't worry MarshaI even if ur husband decides to run, he w'll back in a flash.

    April 2, 2011 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  15. Mary C.

    I'm horrified that he is considering running, too! This is the man that was more concerned about the floating gambling casinos than the people during Katrina!

    He has trashed health care in Mississippi! Another mean-spirited Republican!

    April 2, 2011 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  16. Marry

    Marsha Barbour admitted the "overwhelming" task of a presidential run is something she may not quite (never!) be ready for.
    Dear Mrs. Barbour, we are "horrified" too that your husband is seriously considering a bid for the presidency. If God had meant your husband to become the President, he would have given him a good character, a willingness to serve all Americans, and a brain that is functioning. But, since this is not the case, as sadly documented in Mississippi, the least of all problems would be giving you “the strength” to be a good partner!

    April 2, 2011 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  17. Becky Rusher

    Her comment about its a huge sacrifice for a family to make just proves my point. Single people would be better in the position. First there would be less for the secret service to worry about instead of protecting the kids at school they can concentrate in their real job. Second there is less chance of sexual scandals. Alot of these married people get talked about because they say one thing about marriage then get caught cheating. Wouldn't happen with a single person, ok so someone would still say they slept with them but alot less of a scandal if your sleeping with someone when your single.

    April 2, 2011 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  18. BrianInMesa

    She is not as horrified as I am.

    April 2, 2011 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    Well it doesn't take a genius to look at the 0% support that Barbour is getting from the Republican polls to know that his Presidential bid is a doomed enterprise...

    ...but don't worry Mrs. Marsha Barbour, you won't have to have a 10 year commitment, just a few crazy months until Huckabee trumps everyone else including Trump...

    April 2, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  20. mike

    Barbour wife is right to have her husband that ran a state that is the last with all other states in the union in just about everything including education,jobs,wages you name it how in the world could he run this country talk about being a failure this idiot should be the poster child for what failure looks like

    April 2, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  21. Pete

    Don't sweat it Marsha, ain't gonna happen.

    April 2, 2011 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  22. Bernard Webb

    Marsha, relax. Your chubby hubby has no chance whatsoever of being nominated nor of becoming president. God told me.

    April 2, 2011 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  23. willie floyd

    Good-maybe she can talk him out of it. We don't need a racist anywhere in our govt., especially in the W.H.

    April 2, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  24. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    He should save his money and stay home. There is no way he will win. His wife seems to know this. He should stay home and improve his state. Education rating the picture all low wages....seems to have an issue with those that do not look like him. Your wife seems smarter than you Mr. Barbour. Maybe you should listen to her.

    April 2, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  25. mb2010a

    I don't think she needs to worry about her husbands chances of winning the nomination very much. He's a dark horse with no chance of winning the nomination or the election in 2012. She needs to worry more about all the money he will be wasting in his vain attempt...

    April 2, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
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