Barbour, Daniels Won’t Announce Until Spring

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Two of the most prominent potential White House contenders will wait until late in the Spring to make public their decision whether or not to mount runs for president.

In interviews Thursday, both Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said they had difficult upcoming legislative sessions to consider before making their plans public. That, they said, would take their focus away from making a final decision until April or May.

“I don’t feel any time pressure. I have a responsibility to the citizens of Mississippi. We have a legislative session with a very tough budget and I’m going to fulfill my responsibility,” Barbour said. Asked whether he was considering the race, Barbour conceded: “I am. And my family, we have begun to talk about it, and some people whose opinions I respect. But I haven’t asked anybody to sit down and kind of lay out what a budget would be and a timeline.”

National Journal
11/18/10