Barbour for Vice-President?

By: Jon Kalahar Email
By: Jon Kalahar Email

Gov. Haley Barbour introduced Rudolph Giuliani last year at a campaign stop at Hinds Community College, but shrugged off questions about the possibility he could by Giuliani's running mate. Now this weekend, a commercial will hit the air in Jackson and Phoenix, Arizona.

The creator of the campaign to draft Haley Barbour for vice president says his reasoning is clear.

"On both sides, being Democrats and Republicans, are citing the economy as their primary concern this election cycle," said Josh Jones of the Draft Barbour Campaign. "And Gov. Barbour's experience as an economic conservative and a leader in Mississippi, we believe is translating into people looking at him more and more."

Jones said he hopes to gather 50,000 signatures on a petition to prove to Republican presidential front-runner, Sen. John McCain, and Barbour himself, that more conservatism is needed come November.

"We're seeing people in California, people in states like Ohio, which of course Ohio being important for Republicans in '08 as it always has been, signing the petition and we believe Gov. Barbour can continue to see that mass appeal as we more forward," said Jones.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran said Barbour's experience makes him a good choice.

"More importantly, he'd be an excellent person serving in the office of Vice President," said Cochran. "He has the know how, the ingenuity, the determination to do the right thing, he's a patriot, he's proven that time and again."

But Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant said there's work here in Mississippi that he thinks will keep Barbour as the state's governor.

"We need him here," Bryant said. "As he says, he's still on storm duty, so I look for him to continue to lead this state. But it is an honor for Mississippi for our governor to be wanted as Vice President of the United States."

Jones said he plans to run the "Draft Haley" commercial in both Ohio and Texas, before their Republican primaries.

Barbour's press secretary, Pete Smith, said the governor is focused on being governor and too busy for idle speculation.

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  • by Joel Location: Tupelo on Feb 22, 2008 at 08:29 PM
    Haley Barbour may not have all the answers. But I'll point out here that he has only been in office one term. And the only other Republican governor in the last 100 or so years was Kirk Fordice. That accounts for 12 of those years. The rest is squarely on the backs of Democrat governors, IF our governors are to blame for all of that. Let me guess, Jane. You're a Democrat, right?
  • by jane Location: ms on Feb 22, 2008 at 08:17 PM
    Thats just what this country needs.....Mr. Barbour is at the helm of the that state that tops the lists of poor education, poor people, poor medical care, unhealthiest residents and poor social values. Do we really need this guy to be second in command of the US when he can't even get his state to function in line with the 21st Century??????
  • by Ricky Location: Meridian on Feb 22, 2008 at 04:26 PM
    The gov. is not representing the people of miss. how can he represent the country? All he supports iis his family and big business, look at the raping of the money for the families on the coast (he is using that money for business without even having homes for the people of miss on the coast. He will not help the working people on a grocery tax cut. So I say again who does he really represent? MIssissippian's or business?
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