February 22nd, 2009
11:10 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama in perpetual campaign, Barbour says

Obama has traveled to key swing states in the last few weeks.
Obama has traveled to key swing states in the last few weeks.

(CNN) – It's no coincidence President Obama has traveled to key swing states to push his massive stimulus measure, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Sunday.

Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Obama's recent travel is an indication that the new president is already running for reelection.

"He's going to those places for a reason," Barbour said on CNN's State of the Union. "I mean David Axelrod, who's his campaign consultant/manager/guru really is one of the brightest, most capable people in American politics. And so this is what we've become accustomed to, the perpetual campaign."

In the last few weeks, the president has visited Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, and Colorado - all states that voted Republican in the 2004 presidential election but flipped to the Democrat's side in 2008. Obama has also visited Arizona - the home state of his former rival, Sen. John McCain, and a state he'd like to turn blue in 2012.

The White House has said the president specifically visited those states because they are among the hardest hit by the nations sputtering economy and home foreclosure crisis.

soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. Eugene

    Dear Mr. Barbour, President Obama has realized that in order to effectively present his ideas for the US, he must go out and discuss his agenda. Otherwise, the do-nothing (Tax Cuts are Our God) party, formerly the GOP, will maintain their drumbeat, and no one will get press access to anything positive we can accomplish in the next eight years.

    February 22, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. vick

    yes we can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we need a democrat in white house we cant have a republican no way now how noooooooooooooooo rethugs they will destroy this country more

    February 22, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. america first

    i am so sick of whining REPUBLICANS, NOTHING BUT CRY BABY SPOILED BRATS!

    February 22, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Fan of Common Sense

    It so much easier campaigning than actually leading. Eventually the blind love affair between Obama and the media is going to come to an end. I just hope the damage to the country is not irreversible.

    February 22, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. chad in avery, ca.

    the man has to travel the country to get the truth out.
    if he didn't, the only thing blue states would hear are mistruths and lies about the plan.

    February 22, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Obama 08

    So? Then the GOP would be critical of Obama if he didn't go to the states that are suffering...

    February 22, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. vick

    we need Obama people this guy is trying to solve the issues Bush and those idiots created we cant blame him this guy is running around the country to solve problems not creating one.

    February 22, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. The Reds are singing the Blues

    Again, we see the left-over’s of the Bush era trying to keep Americans living in caves afraid of dramatically improving their lives. Ask yourself this – Why do poor, uneducated, backwards thinking Americans continue to listen to the politics of the wealthiest, educated Republicans, which do absolutely nothing to guarantee equality of opportunity? Wake up! If you follow the Republicans you and your posterity will stay poor and uneducated forever! Republicans keep trying to give themselves a makeover by setting up token mouthpieces willing to spew retardation as a national policy agenda. Come on Red states, President Obama is trying to wake up that dimly lit light that is about to go out in your nearly atrophic brains caused by years of Republican neglect. You are in the emergency room, Republicans are the disease, and President Obama is the Surgeon General on duty standing there with the cure. Say "yes, we want to live, and live better than ever before."

    February 22, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Mary

    Get them out of office. They are lying, they will take the money because they know they can be overridden. Politics as usual. If the people in his state cant see that he does not care for them something is wrong. This man wants to be our next president of the US. Give me a break. Why is his state in such a mess if he can run it without aid. he will cut jobs and raise taxes, because he cant have it both ways. Get rid of him.

    February 22, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Chris from NY

    If the President wasn't doing enough they would have been the first to call him lazy just as like they equate the rest of us black people as lazy. Now the guy is working hard and they whinning. They will keep complaining until they turn red in the face or get a migraine headache or even develop High Blood Pressure.

    February 22, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Obama 08

    Hey Jon, the War in Iraq is a 1 trillion dollar waste of the public's money, but you don't see the GOP saying that's pork... Also, if the Republicans are anti-government, then how come they run for public office?

    February 22, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Go Figure

    He doesn't have to visit those states even though I beleive he is thinking about the people in each states as well as all the other states but ithere's no other republican compeition for him and even if it was the republicans have dug this country in a hole do you think we would give them 4 years or god forbid 8 years to start all over ?I don't think so

    February 22, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. awb75

    better a perpetual campaign
    than perpetual stupidity

    The Governors of some of the poorest states in this country are refusing benefits for their citizenry while setting themselves up to run for higher office–

    Campaigning on the backs of those who elected you – that is truly disgusting

    Both LA and MISS tried to lower their population and disenfranchise those who may not vote republican after Katrina –

    I for one hope they come back with a venegence and vote these clowns out of office

    Mr. Barbour- who exactly are you representing in denying addition medicaid and unemployment benefits for the people in your state?

    And stop with this ginned up lie that you and Bobby Jindal are spinning – the states do NOT have to permanently change their legislatures to continue the benefit the federal gov is providing after three years IF their state legislature votes not to

    These blowhard governors all over cable tv today know their state leg are going to overrule them and take the money from the federal gov. They have to take the money to balance their state budgets.

    Take about a perpetual " crock"

    February 22, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. sherry

    Barbour sound's paranoid........

    Why does the republican party alway's vote opposing when it comes to the democrat's.....Whether it's good or bad.....they will vote the opposite.

    They will be the demise of this country. We are all american's.......They act like they are'nt....If they truely cared for our country they would try to come together for the common good.

    You just cant do or say anything that will please them.

    February 22, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Navy Veteran in California

    Again, we see the left-over’s of the Bush era trying to keep Americans living in caves afraid of dramatically improving their lives. Ask yourself this – Why do poor, uneducated, backwards thinking Americans continue to listen to the politics of the wealthiest, educated Republicans, which do absolutely nothing to guarantee equality of opportunity? Wake up! If you follow the Republicans you and your posterity will stay poor and uneducated forever! Republicans keep trying to give themselves a makeover by setting up token mouthpieces willing to spew retardation as a national policy agenda. Come on Red states, President Obama is trying to wake up that dimly lit light that is about to go out in your nearly atrophic brains caused by years of Republican neglect. You are in the emergency room, Republicans are the disease, and President Obama is the Surgeon General on duty standing there with the cure. Say "yes, we want to live, and live better than ever before." GOP = RIP

    February 22, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Kim

    I know it's a foreign concept...

    A President who is actually out among the people... not holed up in his office, or some "undisclosed location' doing some undisclosed backroom dealing...

    I like it.

    February 22, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Adam from Ohio

    What's even funnier is that Haley Barbour, the corpulent stereotype of the sleazy southern governor, is putting his fat mug out because he thinks that he has a larger future in the Republican party. Hey, Haley, don't you have a state to run? Is there any particular reason that you are polluting our TV screens with your puffy, pasty face? Stop starting your 2012 camapaign and go back to Mississippi. Your state's people are suffering. They need leadership.

    February 22, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Mari

    THAT'S RIGHT! President Obama needs to continue to campaign, which is what ALL politician do! PLEASE......... Barbour, is another moron!

    FYI TO THE GOP:

    DO YOU KNOW ..........WHY...... YOU LOST??????????

    AMERICA REJECTED YOUR VILE POLITICS....... OF HATE, LIES, FEAR AND DIVISION!

    Unless and until the GOP FREES themselves from the HATERS, like Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Reagan, and "Faux News" ......... they will continue to LOSE!

    February 22, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Lillian

    CRITICIZE NO MORE!! GOP present you solution if you don't like the package. You are sounding like a broken record. Earn your respect first.

    February 22, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Texan

    Obama had the 50 state statergy

    February 22, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. lisa

    CNN-Please post my comments

    Just a bunch of blow hards. The Republicans haven't given President Obama a break since entering office. They are just obstructionists, and there is a pattern with some from the South....and you know one of their puppeteers is Newt Gingrich. The Republicans are green with envy over the President's unique skill of connecting with people and his intellectual ability. What is sad is they hope this man fails, which means the country fails–how pathetic. He won't fail, though–there is too much at stake. As long as the neocons control their party, there will never be change. Go President Obama, the majority are behind you!

    February 22, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. nita

    arizonia and georgia are not going blue ever

    February 22, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. C Spurgeon

    This Govenor has some real ego issues. Much more self interest than state or country interest.

    February 22, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. David/Florida

    Saint Genesius, could not agree with you more. These loosers have not a clue how to solve our INHERITEDproblems and did nothing for 8 LONG years under W to solve them. So why don't they all SHUT UP.
    Especially "BOOB" Barbour, who is on my s..t list ever since he was head of the RNC. He is one of the worst of the bunch and contaminates the airwaves.
    Our beloved new president will do his best to get us all out of this horrible mess. He cannot undo these 8 years in 40 days, but he will do the job, if we give him the time to do it.
    May God bless the UNITED States of America.

    February 22, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Will, Temple Hills

    For those offering criticism after criticism of what is being done to solve these problems we are currently facing as a country I must bring up the old saying.”Put up or shut up!!"...Let’s use our collective brain power to create some constructive ideas on how to turn around this economy without putting it on the backs (How much debt each American person can absorb without going under.) of the American people so the President will not have to be in perpetual campaign mode. Instead of the old tax and spend argument, lets analyze our current situation and determine where we can make improvements that will save cost, increase efficiency, quality while simultaneously creating new avenues for businesses or industries.

    February 22, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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