Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour announced today he would not be a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
In a statement, he highlighted the grueling personal commitment that had made his wife, Marsha, wary of such a campaign.
"A candidate for president today is embracing a ten-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else," Barbour said. "His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required."
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