Barbour to GOP: Step on the accelerator

Washington (CNN) – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s message to Republican candidates this fall: stay on message.

“The intensity since last year is greater than it was in ’94, but we’re still eight weeks away from the election. Republicans need to understand they need keep their foot on the accelerator,” Barbour told a group of journalists at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor Wednesday.

Barbour, who is widely considered a potential 2012 presidential candidate, said for now he is concentrating on his job as chair of the Republican Governors Association.

“I am not giving serious thought to a run until after November 2,” Barbour said. “I’m giving all of my attention to electing Republican governors.”