Here is video of Gov. Haley Barbour on “CBS This Morning” today, where he reacted to Gov. Bobby Jindal saying the Republican Party has to “stop being the stupid party” – referring to remarks made by some GOP candidates during the 2012 Campaign that hurt the party. Barbour agreed with Jindal’s statement, and said Republicans must not nominate candidates that play right into the plans of Democrats.
On whether Barack Obama is trying to “annihilate” the Republican Party, Barbour said the reality is that “this is the most political Presidency we’ve ever had. It’s the perpetual campaign.”
Here is video of Gov. Haley Barbour talking to Greta Van Susteren last night about the looming “Fiscal Cliff” and the unwillingness of President Obama and the Senate Majority Leader’s Harry Reid to pass a budget in the U.S. Senate. It’s been three years since the Senate passed a budget – which Greta characterized as them “not doing their job.”
Barbour said the best we can hope for right now is that Obama, Reid and Boehner can come up with “the outline of a framework” for a deal by year’s end, because there is no way they will be able to write and pass a tax reform bill in just six weeks.
Here is video of Gov. Haley Barbour using – perish the thought! – common sense in responding to poor MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and her desperate attempt to keep pushing yesterday’s Exit Poll in Wisconsin showing Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney there by seven points. Of course, the same Exit Polls had the race between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett dead even – and Walker wound up winning by more than seven points.
Barbour responded by pointing out that obvious fact, and said if you do the math, that would mean Obama vs. Romney is just about a 50-50 race.
Here is video of Gov. Haley Barbour on MSNBC where he faced off with host Andrea Mitchell over the Presidential race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Mitchell, who has been held up by some as an example of a fair journalist working at MSNBC, was not even remotely even-handed in this discussion. She was clearly a defender of Barack Obama and an antagonist against Mitt Romney. That’s what you expect from a purely opinion person like Al Sharpton or Sean Hannity, but not if the person is held up as an impartial journalist.
Here is video of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Face the Nation today where he said Gov. Mitt Romney is “not a true frontrunner.” But in the end, Barbour said the 2012 Election will be about President Obama his policies. Barbour said confidently, “Whoever we nominate will get elected.”
Here is a new web ad put out by “American Crossroads” that features Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour talking about what the 2012 Election means to America. Barbour said 2012 will be a “watershed year for our country.”
“A second Obama term means making this malaise permanent.”
He closed with a challenge:
“Most of all, we have to reject the notion of America’s inevitable decline. We’re the greatest country on earth and we can get America right again. To do that, we have to win in 2012. We have to win the White House, win the Senate, and keep the House. We need your help. Our future and our children’s futures are at stake. So, come on now, let’s get this done.”
Here is audio of Laura Ingraham today on her radio show talking with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour about the 2012 GOP Nomination, specifically about Herman Cain during the first section of the interview. Laura Ingraham said callers to her radio show are “on fire for Herman Cain,” and she asked Barbour if she thought he could win against Barack Obama. Barbour said Cain would “sweep the South” against Obama if he is the GOP Nominee, and that one of Cain’s real advantages is that “he is likable.”
On Cain’s “999 Plan,” Barbour said he done a great job of giving a “straight-forward, common sense plan” that is easy to understand.
Gov. Rick Perry is moving to put together a top-flight campaign team in the state of Florida, which will hold the fifth voting contest of the 2012 GOP Nomination race. It also appears Perry is getting a lot of help from fellow Governor Haley Barbour:
ROLL CALL: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is moving aggressively to assemble a presidential campaign team in Florida and, according to at least one knowledgeable Republican source, is receiving political advice from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.
Poised to join Perry’s Florida team is the experienced, Tallahassee-based Republican political consultant Randy Enwright, according to a Sunshine State GOP operative. Enwright previously advised President George W. Bush, who served as Texas governor before ascending to the White House, and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The operative predicted that many Sunshine State Republicans who had signed on with Barbour’s since-aborted presidential campaign would end up on Perry’s team.
“My sense is that [the Perry campaign] is pulling together a pretty good operation down here. They’re taking Florida pretty seriously,” the operative told Roll Call in a telephone interview. “Governor Perry’s had conversations with a lot of people down here.”
A second GOP source, this one based in Washington, D.C., said Barbour and Perry are in constant contact about the Texan’s just-launched presidential bid. The source said much of the Mississippi governor’s organization is likely to be folded into the Perry campaign, both in Florida and other states. Barbour dropped his presidential bid in late April; Perry officially launched his candidacy Saturday.
Both politicians have served as chairman of the Republican Governors Association and have a pre-existing relationship. “Haley’s organization is becoming a part of Perry’s,” the D.C.-based source said.
Enwright could not be reached for comment, but news of his connection to the Perry campaign has also been reported by the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. The Perry campaign declined to comment on its moves in Florida. . . . . Read More
The Washington Post is reporting that key supporters of Gov. Haley Barbour – who decided not to run for the 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination – are preparing to back Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the GOP Nomination:
THE WASHINGTON POST: As he weighs whether to jump into the 2012 Republican presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been dialing GOP establishment bigwigs across the country. In phone calls that sometimes stretch more than a half hour, Perry asks the same questions:
Is the door open for a new candidate? And how wide is it open?
Perry is finding that a vast reservoir of the Republican Party establishment — broadly defined to include elected officials, donors, strategists and activists whose support fuels presidential campaigns — is so far untapped, according to interviews conducted Monday and Tuesday with 19 major donors, strategists and party officials in 13 states.
Establishment figures are waiting to see a candidate build and finance a national campaign, hone a strong economic message and, most of all, prove that he or she can go the distance to defeat President Obama. . . .
Many of former Republican National Committee chairman Haley Barbour’s supporters, who have largely stayed on the fence since the Mississippi governor decided not to run in 2012, are preparing to back Perry. Henry Barbour, the governor’s nephew and a member of the RNC, said that he would endorse Perry if he runs.
“I hope he does run,” Henry Barbour said. “I’ve talked to a number of folks who were going to support Haley had he run and a good percentage of them are very favorable to a Perry candidacy.. . .He’s got a great record in Texas, we align with him philosophically and he can win. It’s that simple.” . . . . Read More
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has announced that he will NOT seek the 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination:
WAPO – THE FIX: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) announced today that he will not run for president. The decision comes as something of a surprise — the Associated Press reported just yesterday that Barbour would launch his campaign as early as this week. He had been making moves toward a campaign, including a recent visit to New Hampshire.
“A candidate for president today is embracing a ten-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else,” Barbour said in a statement. “His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required.” . . . . Read More
Barbour is said to be very close to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. One wonders if Barbour not getting in means Daniels or fellow-Southerner Mike Huckabee are likely to get in?
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour may end up running for the 2012 GOP Nomination – but it sounds like he may need to work on convincing his wife it’s the right thing to do first:
CNN: The wife of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says she is “horrified” that her husband is seriously considering a bid for the presidency.
In an interview with CNN affiliate WLOX in Biloxi, Marsha Barbour admitted the “overwhelming” task of a presidential run is something she may not quite be ready for.
“It’s been a lot to be first lady of the state of Mississippi and this would be 50 times bigger,” she said. “It’s a huge sacrifice for a family to make.”
The governor is still testing the waters of a potential bid for the 2012 Republican nomination and has made no formal announcement regarding his intentions.
But Marsha Barbour revealed she is wary of a 10-year commitment she believes would accompany a presidential run – and, presumably, two terms in office – during “the last part of our productive lives.” . . . . Read More
Here is video of Gov. Haley Barbour speaking in Des Moines, Iowa at GOP Rep. Steve King’s “Conservative Principles” Summit. Barbour focused on economic issues, and said it is absolutely essential to defeat Barack Obama in the 2012 Election.
Here is video of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour responding to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka’s assertion that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is trying to take away the “rights” of the state’s public sector workers.
Barbour very correctly responded to Trumpka by saying “there is no right to this (collective bargaining) under the Constitution.” He also pointed out that Federal Workers have no collective bargaining rights for wages or retirement benefits.
Here is complete video of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour delivering a speech today at CPAC in Washington. Barbour – a possible 2012 Presidential Candidate – said it is vital for conservatives to “keep the main thing the main thing.” He said the “main thing” in 2012 is to elect a Republican as President of the United States.