“If this election is where it ought to be, and that is a referendum on how President Obama is doing, Republicans are going to win," Barbour said. "If Herman Cain is our nominee against Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaImmigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids More adult Twitter users follow Obama than Trump: survey Trump's no racist; he's an equal opportunity offender MORE, I think he’ll sweep the south.”

Unlike other gulf coast governors, Barbour was down on the prospects of Rick Perry, saying that entering the race late was a detriment to his campaign.

“I do think for Rick, first of all, there is a long way to go. 90% of what matters in this nomination contest is still to happen. At the same time, because he got in later than everybody else, burning up time without making progress or even worse, time when you are actually sinking in the polls, is a serious problem and so you gotta turn it around.”

The Mississippi governor also hit Mitt Romney for his support of universal health care while governor of Massachusetts.
“I don’t know enough about what’s happened in Massachusetts except costs seemed to have gone up, costs seem to have gone up a lot faster than they thought they were going to, and of course that’s what all of us believe is going to happen with ObamaCare.”

Barbour was urged by some conservatives to run early in the primary process, but ultimately decided against entering the race.

This article was corrected at 5:20 p.m. to reflect that Gov. Barbour said only that if the election was held today, his wife would vote for Cain.