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Honorable Mention: Haley, the RGA and the Kemper Plant

There are reasons that Barbour is for the plan

This May 10 MBJ cover story addressed Gov. Haley Barbour’s relationship with the proposed building of the Kemper Coal Plant.

This May 10 MBJ cover story addressed Gov. Haley Barbour’s relationship with the proposed building of the Kemper Coal Plant.

Since he assumed office in 2003, people have speculated about whether Mississippi Governor and political powerhouse Haley Barbour would run for president.

Over the past several months Barbour effectively campaigned for Republican governors as the chair of the Republican Governors Association. He made appearances on behalf of GOP candidates from Oklahoma to Maine and from Iowa to New Hampshire, both of which are considered presidential campaign battlegrounds.

His work paid off: Republicans wrestled control of at least 10 statehouses from Democrats in November, giving them a total of more than 30 governorships.

Recently, Barbour told the Associated Press that he and his wife, Marsha, have started talking about a presidential run but haven’t set an “artificial deadline” to decide.

“I will still have some time the rest of this year and for the next few months to think about whether this is a thing to do, who else might run, might there be somebody who has a better chance of winning than I do, family considerations — there are serious considerations,” he said.

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