Haley Barbour: Helping Romney Is More Important Than Endorsing

In the age of the super PAC, lending one's name may not be as important as providing much needed help. From CNN's Peter Hamby:

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has no plans to formally endorse Mitt Romney now that his fiercest challenger, Rick Santorum, is no longer in the presidential race.

But Barbour, a respected Republican party elder who voted for Newt Gingrich in last month's Mississippi primary, acknowledged that Romney is the de facto GOP nominee and said he plans to help him get elected in November through his work with the powerful super PAC American Crossroads.

"I didn't endorse anybody in 2008, and I am not going to endorse anybody this time," Barbour told CNN in a phone interview Wednesday. "But obviously I am going to do everything I can do to help Romney get elected."

Barbour is raising money for Crossroads, the well-funded super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove that recently began airing television ads attacking Barack Obama in key battleground states.

Crossroads must operate independently of any political campaign, the main reason Barbour said he isn't coming out with a full-throated endorsement of Romney.

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published this page in In The News 2012-04-12 10:20:00 -0400
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