Gov. Haley Barbour’s waistline suggests he will run in 2012

Asked earlier this year about a possible challenge to President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE in 2012, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) told reporters, “If you see me losing 40 pounds, that means I’m either running or have cancer.”

And while he may not have lost that much weight quite yet, the tanned and trimmer Barbour was looking good during a visit to Washington last week.

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) chairman held back-to-back fundraisers in Glover Park on Thursday night wearing black pants and a navy blue polo shirt, prompting a number of guests to remark that this was the slimmest they’d seen him.

An RGA spokesman declined to comment on any weight loss and its possible implications.