Several governors who didn’t run last time may very well throw their hats in the ring. Two of them were my principal deputies on my White House staff. The first is Haley Barbour of Mississippi.
As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, he played a pivotal role in this election, raising $100 million for campaigns across the country. By far one of the most beloved and respected political operatives among Republicans in the country, Haley was instrumental in electing Republican majorities in the Senate and House in 1994 when he was chairman of the national party. He knows everyone in the political world and in very short order can put a presidential campaign together and raise all the money needed. He can either be a kingmaker or a strong candidate at his choosing.