Barbour told the AP and Huffington Post: "I'm thinking about running for president and I'll make a decision in April," he said. "And I'm serious when I say that I haven't made a decision, but I'm trying to test the waters."
But in his speech he made no mention of his possible presidential ambitions. Instead, he talked about how the Democrats are wrong on the economy: "Jobs are created by the private sector, not the government," and that "our problem is not that we tax too little, but that we spend too much."
He got some applause from the generally lethargic audience when he declared that Mississippi had been named "the safest place in America for an unborn child."
Barbour continued: "The leftist media says the tea party is a problem for Republicans. This is a case of the left whispering past the graveyard."