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Gov. Barbour speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLBT) - Republican leaders have set their sights on the White House for 2012.

Governor Haley Barbour was among the speakers at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington Saturday. He is considered a potential GOP Presidential candidate.

Governor Barbour stressed the conservative vision as the party looks to next year's presidential race. He also told the crowd to remember their party's roots.

"Today would be the 202nd birthday of Abraham Lincoln, father of our party, and first Republican President. Lincoln saved our country - one nation, indivisible. And he established our party as the party of freedom. And so we are today the party of freedom," Barbour said.

The governor also stated the President's economic policies have been more hostile to job creation than any other administration he's seen.

Copyright 2011 WLBT. All rights reserved. AP contributed to this report.

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