Barbour to Bloomberg: Don’t run for prez

CNN) – Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour may or may not run for president in 2012, but he has an opinion about a possible presidential bid by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“I hope Mayor Bloomberg won’t even consider that,” Barbour told CNN. “But if there were a strong third party candidate there’s no question in my mind, that candidate would draw votes away from the Republican.” He added a third party bid by Bloomberg would be “the best thing that can happen to President Obama.”

Bloomberg, the independent mayor of New York City is sometimes mentioned as a potential presidential candidate but recently said he didn’t think a third party candidate could win the White House. Barbour said he agreed with the mayor on that point.