Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, calling the 2012 Republican presidential race a wide-open contest that lacks a clear front-runner, said Friday he is almost certain not to make an endorsement during the primaries and caucuses and will focus most of his energy on trying to defeat President Obama in the general election.
Until now, Barbour had said only that he was in no rush to endorse anyone, but he went farther during an interview at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association.
“I’m not sure that I’ll even take sides in the primaries,” he said. “If Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels had run, I would have been for him. There’s nobody else I feel that strongly about.”