AP Interview: Barbour reflects as term ends

By Emily Wagster Pettus | The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Haley Barbour says he believes being Mississippi’s governor is his last government job.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Barbour says has no regrets about pulling out of the presidential race several months ago, and he doesn’t intend to run for U.S. Senate.

The 64-year-old Republican leaves office when his second term ends at noon on Jan. 10. He said he plans to travel as a paid speaker and work for BGR, the Washington lobbying firm he helped found two decades ago.

Barbour is urging incoming leaders to work together. He says if he could solve one problem in Mississippi, it would be to reduce “illegitimacy.” He says 55 percent of the babies born in Mississippi last year were to unwed mothers.