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GOP 2012 Slate: Haley Barbour Out, Ron Paul In

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour announced yesterday he would not be seeking the Republican nomination for President:

Barbour “I will not be a candidate for president next year,” Mr. Barbour said in a statement. “This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.”

For months, Mr. Barbour has been traveling to the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, testing his support among Republican activists. He was widely expected to enter the race this week, particularly among contributors and the party establishment, but he said that he was unsure about the long-term commitment.

Barbour's decision sent the field scrambling, and upped at least one potential candidate's chances, Politico notes:

If Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels enters the race, Republicans say, his friendship with Barbour and his own long D.C. track record would make him the favorite to win over the class of political professionals who have proved so influential in past GOP presidential primaries.

Ronpaul And Ron Paul is expected to announce his entrance into the race at a presser today:

Liberty PAC, Paul's political action committee, sent out a news release Monday that teases the 3:45 p.m. news conference at the Holiday Inn, 6111 Fleur Drive. The release states that Paul will "make an important announcement about his political organization."

That would precede the May 5 Fox News debate in South Carolina for prospective Republican presidential candidates. Paul has already accepted an invitation to the debate, but debate guidelines require each participant file as an exploratory candidate or a formal candidate by April 29.

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    Posted by: curtis | Apr 26, 2011 7:53:06 AM

  2. Go Ron Paul! I know he's hardly perfect given his Evangelical religion but compared to every other person I know who's over 70 years old he at least stands the chance of making the Republicans slightly less blood-thirsty plus, outside of abortion, he is actually a decent Republican in many ways.

    I look forward to his introducing several important concepts of respect for individuals back into the American debate regarding drugs prohibition, an anti-war conservative movement, an anti-corporatist money supply, respecting all of the Bill of Rights, and so on.

    Ron Paul is hardly perfect, especially considering his, and the most of the rest of the "older" libertarian's movement to basically ignore the implications of the 14th Amendment but I feel it is important to respect everyone who honors civil liberties in a time when even a Democratic President finds it hard (if not basically politically impossible) to end torture at the hands of our government. What has become of our government when it can not even up hold the basic decencies expected since the 1700's?

    Posted by: Jason Young | Apr 26, 2011 8:06:13 AM

  3. BS Jason

    Rand Paul wants the department of education abolished, all national museums torn down, all national forests sold off to private business /people, NO SS, No medicare

    Rand Paul believes the government should only patrol the borders and literally nothing else

    There is nothing of redeemiong value in Rand paul

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Apr 26, 2011 9:17:04 AM

  4. PS

    I meant Ron Paul

    Rand is his son and they both believe the same damn extreme libertarian nonsense

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Apr 26, 2011 9:18:36 AM

  5. Even though I'll never vote for Ron Paul much less any Republican for that matter, I look forward to seeing some semblance of rationality on the GOP primaries. Having said that, Ron Paul still has some pretty disturbing views such as getting rid of the Dep. Of Education and the EPA.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Apr 26, 2011 9:46:17 AM

  6. Ron Paul may be in, but he'll never be in the White House, or even the Republican nominee, but hey, Go Ron! His slogan can be: Not as Batsh*t Crazy as Some of the Other Republicans.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 26, 2011 10:13:49 AM

  7. Ron Paul is probably too old to run now, so moderating the Republican party will probably be less effective this time. However, as Obama has the nomination wrapped up, all the drama will be on their side.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 26, 2011 10:56:49 AM

  8. My God! How could any thinking gay person endorse this man? In fact how could any thinking person of any sexual orientation endorse him? Both he and his idiot son espouse some of the most frightening ideas I've ever heard. Shame on you Jason Young.

    Posted by: Sean | Apr 26, 2011 1:05:40 PM

  9. I am gay and like Ron Paul. I have followed him closely and know enough about him to be able to say that. You anti-Ron Paul people are just throwing shade but let's stick to the facts and use our heads. He is one of only a few republicans that supports equal rights for Gays. Here's Ron Paul defending his views on homosexuality to a bigoted christian radio host...


    Posted by: Chris | Apr 26, 2011 1:52:52 PM

  10. You have to really marvel at how magnificently fat these old white guys like Haley Barbour can get. What a plumpie plumpkins. Like turn of the 20th century robber baron fat. He could give William Howard Taft a run for his money. Porko Von Popbutton is too fat to be elected and Ron Paul is too old plus their wacko politics stinks to boot. Then there's "The Donald". WTF is in the water these days? I think I am going to enjoy this election season w/the field of candidates the party of hate and greed will hit the primarties with. Obama is lucky the God Offal Party is in such splendid disarray.

    Posted by: KevInPDX | Apr 26, 2011 6:10:19 PM

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