WSJ – Barbour to wealthy donors: “Keep your powder dry”

WASHINGTON—The GOP’s money primary is heating up.

For months, only two likely Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential campaign—former governors Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty—were actively recruiting wealthy Republicans to raise money for them. But in recent weeks, other potential GOP candidates have begun courting the party’s top bankrollers.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is now calling wealthy Republicans to ask them to “keep their powder dry,” as one donor put it, until he decides whether he will run. Mr. Barbour traveled Wednesday to the early-primary state of South Carolina to meet with prominent Republicans.

Wall Street Journal
1/31/11