Reuters – 2012ers will have problems in campaigns and how they can overcome them

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, pondering a run, has a lobbyist past which, when scrutinized, may be fodder for criticism. Lauded for how he guided his state through the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, he has been accused of lacking sensitivity to the civil rights struggles in his native South.


Linda Fowler, a professor of government at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, said candidates can overcome their perceived weaknesses by making voters comfortable with them.

“The big thing with a lot of this is trust and whether you can deal with your supposed flaws in a way that inspires people’s confidence so they know what they’re going to get,” she said.