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Haley Barbour Hitting Iowa

... with a mailer. Despite playing relatively coy about a presidential run, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) looks to be leaning in that particular direction:
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour insists he won't think about a possible 2012 presidential bid until after this year's election, but he's already taking steps to build support in first-in-the-nation Iowa.

Barbour sent a mail piece to Iowa Republicans last week introducing himself to likely caucus-goers.

"Haley knows what it takes to succeed," reads the mailer, touting the Mississippian's tenure as Chairman of the Republican National Committee during the 1994 GOP sweep, his post-Katrina leadership as governor and his current post atop the Republican Governors Associaion.

The piece encourages recipients to sign up for updates on Barbour's website, a means of building a list.

The governor is planning to raise money later this year in Iowa for GOP gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad and, officially, the piece is only aimed at 2010.
I think that Barbour is a relative unknown in the larger scheme of the GOP. However, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Look at former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee -- he took the GOP by storm in 2007 and 2008, after rising from obscurity.

The overarching question is whether or not Barbour's folksiness will play with the entire party, or just the Evangelical Republicans (a la Huckabee)...

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Photo: National Governors Association