Barbour on Budget, Politics

By: Bert Case, WLBT-TV
By: Bert Case, WLBT-TV

There is still no agreement on a new budget for the state of Mississippi. Gov. Haley Barbour indicated Friday morning there has been some movement in the negotiations, but he is still not satisfied enough with the result to call a special legislative session to approve a new budget.

Because Barbour has been out of state speaking at political fundraisers in New Hampshire and Iowa, the first two states to vote for president in 2012, there has been speculation that he will be running for president. We asked him point blank if he is a candidate in 2012.

"I am not. I don't have any plan to run for president," said Barbour. "I don't have any intention of running for president."

Barbour quickly adds, never say never. The governor has also been criticized for being out of the state during budget negotiations, to speak at fundraisers.
He dismissed that, saying his computer and cell phone both work and he has been in close touch with his staff, legislators and others involved.

We asked Barbour about whether he was using the state airplane for his trips out of state.

"We never take the state plane anywhere except on state business," Barbour said.

Barbour was elevated to the chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association last Wednesday when the governor of South Carolina resigned suddenly, after news of an affair broke.

He talked with us about how it will be up to the governors to turn the Republican Party around.

"The governors have more to do than anybody with the rebuilding of the party," said Barbour.

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