Haley Barbour won’t cede New Hampshire to Mitt Romney

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Nearing the end of his New Hampshire tour, Haley Barbour made a sales pitch to state Republicans gathered here by saying his likely White House bid would focus on the Granite State.

The Mississippi governor told the crowd of roughly 50 people that he plans to make a decision on a White House bid by the end of the month and that, if he runs, he plans to play hard in the first primary state.

POLITICO
4/14/11

Barbour Supports Budget Deal

As some conservatives in Congress and Tea Party activists across the country voice their opposition to the budget deal reached last week, Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi is defending the agreement as a good first step and urging Republicans to look at the bigger picture.

“I am pleased that the Congress has hit a single in the first inning on the deficit reduction that they got here as we’re going along, getting a budget for this year,” Mr. Barbour told voters in New Hampshire on Wednesday evening. He said that the budget deal was the first step in bringing federal spending under control.

New York Times
4/14/11

Gun shop visit underscores Barbour’s pitch

HOOKSETT, N.H. – With a 22-person media contingent outside, and only a handful of prospective voters inside, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour wasn’t trying to conceal the message he was sending to New Hampshire voters as he wound down his first visit of the year as a prospective presidential contender.

I’m one of you, he said with deeds as much as words nonetheless spoken with a Southern drawl.
The visit to Riley’s Gun Shop in Hooksett underscored not only Barbour’s support for Second Amendment freedoms, but also his affinity for the ideals embraced in the lead presidential primary state.

Boston Globe
4/14/11

Barbour: GOP shouldn’t take voting against an increased debt limit ‘off the table’

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) urged congressional Republicans not to rule out voting against raising the debt ceiling as they seek deeper spending cuts for the next fiscal year.

Fresh from last week’s deal, lawmakers are now turning to the fight over raising the $14.3 trillion debt limit. Republicans have said the administration must agree to steep spending cuts to win their support to raise the ceiling by a May 16 deadline set by the Treasury Department.

The Hill
4/15/11