While Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) would enter the 2012 presidential race with many liabilities — his time as a lobbyist for Big Tobacco and the oil industry, his frequent missteps on the touchy subject of race — his deep political connections and golden rolodex could make him a formidable contendor for the GOP nomination.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), a former lobbyist and Republican National Committee chairman, is considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. Steve Yeater/AP Buy Photo