Gov. Barbour: 'Seriously thinking' about White House run

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told South Carolina Republicans on Wednesday that he's "seriously thinking about" a White House run.

Barbour was in the state for two meetings with GOP activists. After a stop in Spartanburg, Barbour said he felt like he'd been visiting with "old friends."

“I thought [the meetings] went well. We from our part of the country have a lot in common with this part of the country," he said.

Barbour again laid out his timeline for making a decision about a presidential run.

"I'm seriously thinking about running for president but won't make a decision until April,” Barbour said, according to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. "I've got to get my budget done in Mississippi. I'm going to complete my obligations to the people of Mississippi before I run for anything else.

"Nevertheless, part of the decisionmaking process is having the chance to meet old friends and to meet others who are involved in our party.”

Barbour leaves office in January 2012.

State GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd, who met with Barbour, described their exchange as "very positive."

Barbour also made a stop in Greenville on Wednesday.