Analysis: Barbour says federal budgets need cuts

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour withdrew from the 2012 presidential race last week before ever officially entering it. During his flirtation with a national campaign, the Republican was outspoken about the federal budget — and that probably won’t end just because he’s taking a pass on the race.

He told conservatives in early caucus and primary states that he wanted to slash federal spending, even for defense programs that many Republicans hold dear.