Barbour says he won't denounce Confederate license plates

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he won't denounce a Southern heritage group's proposal for a state-issued license plate to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Barbour is a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate. Questioned by reporters Tuesday in Jackson, Barbour said he doesn't think Mississippi legislators will approve the Forrest license plate proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The group wants the car tag in 2014 as part of a series of Civil War license plates.

Mississippi NAACP president Derrick Johnson has called on Barbour to denounce the license plate idea.

Asked about that Tuesday, Barbour replied: "I don't go around denouncing people."

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