HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Republican hopefuls looking to take the White House in 2012 took center stage in D.C. Saturday morning and among them was Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.
Barbour was among the speakers at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, know as CPAC. It's become a must-attend meeting for candidates making a serious run for the top office.
Barbour is considered a potential GOP presidential candidate. Barbour's presence at the meeting is another step toward getting on the republican ticket.
He stressed the importance of a conservative vision as the party moves towards next year's presidential race, but also told the crowd to remember their party's roots.
"2012 will be the year of decision. Last year, Americans didn't give the GOP a mandate to govern, they gave us a chance, a chance to earn their trust and support. So now lets make the most of it," said Barbour.
The straw poll also took place Saturday. It's more or less an opinion poll of who should run. Texas representative Ron Paul won the poll with thirty percent. Barbour only received one percent.