Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is becoming more serious about launching a campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, according to CNN. He is drawing upon a national network of supporters that he has spent years developing, according to the network, and many Republicans are operating on the assumption he will run.
“We have definitely shifted gears, there is no question about that,” a Republican source close to Barbour told CNN. “He's running until he says he's not.”
Barbour built up his profile substantially during the 2010 election cycle as chairman of the Republican Governors Association and recently spent time in the early primary state of South Carolina meeting with GOP donors and activists, according to CNN.
Barbour is calling in some of the chits he collected during his long political career, soliciting support from donors and political consultants in several early nominating states.
“He is doing the things you have to do” to gear up for a presidential bid, said the source.
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