Haley Barbour, the Republican Governor of Mississippi, appeared by all accounts to be testing the political waters with GOP voters in preparation for a potential 2012 presidential run when he addressed a youthful and exuberant crowd during CPAC's (Conservative Political Action Conference) 2011 annual gathering.
I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to meet Governor Barbour back in 2004 at a fundraiser for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's '04 Congressional campaign, for whom worked as a grassroots intern.
Granted, back then he was just "Bobby" as at that time had never held elected office, and he insisted back then that his staff and interns refer to him only as "Bobby", not "Mr. Jindal", not "Soon-To-Be-Congressman-Elect," just Bobby. At the time, the current LA Governor was all of 33 years of age.
Anyway, it was an honor and privilege to meet the newly-elected Governor of Mississippi back in 2004 while working for the current Governor of neighboring Louisiana.
I can honestly say that I've met no less than three of the top seven or eight names mentioned in terms of possibilities for the 2012 GOP Presidential ticket, although one of those would most likely only appear on any prospective ticket as the VP nominee. For anyone who may be tempted to question by credibility when I make bold statements about my involvement and association with the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.
Read more about Governor Barbour's CPAC speech: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/02/12/barbour-tells-cpac-its-all-about-white-house-0