Haley Barbour: Entitlement programs must be target of a thrifty GOP

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said in Iowa Monday that credibility on spending control – something he has tackled in his state – will be a defining issue in the Republican presidential nominating campaign next year.

Barbour also said he was encouraged by the reaction he has received investigating a possible 2012 White House bid during a busy day of private meetings in the leadoff caucus state’s capital.

“If I run, I’m going to try to win Iowa,” Barbour told Gov. Terry Branstad during a Statehouse meeting.

The Des Moines Register