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Report: GOPers Begging Haley Barbour Not To Run For President


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Despite the desire to return to an RNC that has a shred of credibility, Republicans might be wary of what a 2012 fight with Barbour at the top of the GOP ticket might look like. The Mississippi governor is not known for his centrism, nor his particularly calming rhetoric on racial matters, as we all learned earlier this year during the kerfluffle over Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's Confederate History Month declaration.

"It is not significant," Barbour told CNN in April, referring to McDonnell's decision to leave any mention of slavery out of the Virginia declaration (McDonnell later apologized).

"It's trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn't amount to diddly," Barbour added.

Here's what that looked like: