Barbour: No early role with GOP 2012 candidates

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he won’t get deeply involved in helping any presidential candidate until Republicans choose their 2012 nominee.

Barbour said Monday that several candidates have called and talked to him. He says he was happy to chat, but he doesn’t intend to take on a formal role as adviser for anybody.

He also says he won’t make an endorsement before a nominee is selected.

Barbour spoke in several early primary or caucus states before announcing in April that he wouldn’t enter the 2012 race for the White House.

One of his nephews and longtime campaign aides, Henry Barbour, has recently been helping Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas launch a presidential bid.

Haley Barbour chaired the Republican National Committee from 1993 to 1997.

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