barbour danielsFour years ago, at this stage of preliminary presidential campaign jockeying, at least two candidates had officially thrown their names into the 2008 race. But on the eve of the 2012 campaign, Republicans looking to challenge President Obama appear to be in no rush to launch their candidacies.
Two potential GOP contenders—Govs. Mitch Daniel of Indiana and Haley Barbour of Mississippi—indicated Wednesday they aren't likely to make a decision about the 2012 campaign until next spring at the earliest.
"It's a big big decision," Barbour said in an interview with the Mississippi Clarion Ledger's editorial board.
At age 63, Barbour noted that running for president would mean choosing to "spend the rest of your productive life doing this" and that the task of campaigning for national office requires a "fire in your belly." "I'm not in any hurry to make the decision. I've got time," Barbour said. "But I feel like I need to make a decision by this spring, and that's what I intend to do."
Meanwhile, Daniels told Fort Wayne's WANE-TV that he could wait until next May, when the state's General Assembly concludes, to make a decision about the presidential race.
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