February 22nd, 2009
11:10 AM ET
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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. Grew up in MS

    HB whatever the reason for him visiting those states, you will never know. You should try and figure out why MS is the pooriest state in the nations and do something to help the people in your state instead of trying to line your pockets with money...

    get a grip HB...

    February 22, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Jeanne

    It is not a perpetual campaign Mr. Barbour it is called being the President. Something we aren't used to. At least he is showing up, that's more than what Bush ever did.

    February 22, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Carol Parsons

    When addressing the controvercial 'mortgage bailout' issue, I'd like to know why no one addresses the millions of Americans who are RENTERS. They, too, have gone by the rules and never gotten into the housing market at all becuase they didn't believe they could afford it. They are the ones who should really be upset that their hard-earned tax dollars are going for the mortgage bailout to those who were not as wise.

    Furthermore, I understand what the defenders of the mortgage bailout are saying about empty houses and vacant property bringing the whole neighborhood down, but WHY is the only solution talked about to help these SAME people stay in or reenter the houses they've lost, fairly and squarely?

    Another, more obvious solution, may be to make these properties affordable again, based on the current property values and low interest rates (ie the free market system) so NOW the previous RENTERs can finally enter the housing market fairly and squarely and the homeowners, who lost their homes based on poor choices, will have to RENT for awhile.

    It seems as though alternatives are not being considered or fully explored. WHY?

    February 22, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Einar A. Elsner

    Who cares what Barbour says? Why is this top news? Barbour is a partisan hack. Of course he has nothing good to say about Obama! Why is it that ANYTHING Republicans say these days is front page news? There is no real news value in what Barbour says. His are nothing but biased and self-serving opinions!

    February 22, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Zac

    FYI to Republicans: We are not the Red states, and the Blue states, we are the United States of America.

    So even though the Dems won, they still represent all your constituents too. None of them will be left behind or forgotten.

    February 22, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Truth Here

    Yup, hiding in the White House and staying in the DC Beltway is a better way to govern the U.S., said the Right-Wing Republican Governor.

    February 22, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Eric Hill

    Has anyone stopped to consider how moot of a point this really is?

    Of course Obama is still in "campaign mode", he is a first term president who isn't over his first 100 days.

    If anything the media has been over analytical not "soft." The only time anyone should be heavily critical on a president is when he is doing something that deserves criticism. So far the President's action has been defined by what has been necessary; staff appointments, rescue package and campaign promises.

    What else could you be hard on him about? What dog he chose, what his wife wore, his name (oh right you already did that.)

    I wouldn't start putting the heat on the president until he started doing something truly presidential; like working on healthcare reform, investigating the treasonous Bush administration, or creating a new U.S foreign policy stance.

    February 22, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Flo

    I'm disappointed in these southern govss and senators who claim they appose the stim plan because of principle when their constituents are suffering. I'm not in many people shoes right now but feel for them nevertheless. Empathy is what is needed in this country ,,,,I pay my bills but would want to see homeless people or unemployed folks suffering all over the country. So raise my taxes if that is what it takes to help these individuals because as human beings that is the right thing to do. God will bless you in the end.

    February 22, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. FLO

    As always, Republican's turning everything into policitics.

    February 22, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Gerda Edwards

    Yes it does seem like he's already campaigning, even while he's just started his OJT. Sad for the country, but hopefully he'll figure it out. Maybe this is his plan to be experienced in time for the 2012 elections.

    February 22, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Lynn

    Why is it that we're not able to veiw the comments of others on this question ? Please,explain why we're not able to !!!! Thank you!!!!

    February 22, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Woman

    The media too soft on Obama. Just read how many Republicans have been on the cable and MSM talk media compared to Democrats. Ummmm, there is your answer.

    Conglomerations have not been our friend. How many people own all the news media in the USA? Hmmm. And Who exactly are those people and what side of the aisle to they love??

    Fair and balanced the media is not.

    February 22, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Grew up in MS

    Larry, you are so funny....President Obama will serve 2 terms and you and all the haters will live to see it....

    Stay tune...2012

    February 22, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Unenthralled

    If he says he is worrying about the expenses and the economy and asking everyone to take responsibility and be accountable, then just how much is he spending on jet fuel to needlessly travel and speak to states which aren't voting on anything right now, or fly off to sign a bill when it could have been done in the White House? Where is he off to this weekend – Camp David or maybe Chicago again? Or who is invited to this week's cocktail party? When does he start looking like he is not being extravagant with unneeded costs while he asks others to suffer? And before you all start complaining because I dare speak anything against him, he is the one out there sreaming fiscal responsibility, not me.

    February 22, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. baati

    The republicans have found their voice in being the party of saying no to find real solutions. Seriousley, if these GOP governers are thinking about their people in their states why aren't they united in proposing a real plan instead of talking about 2012

    February 22, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. briggsky

    Barbour should head back home. He has the lowest wages in the US – The worst school system for 25 years and by far the most poverty. He sholud stay home. I would be embarresed to even open my mouth after running his state into the ground. I do think anyone really looks to him for advice on how to run a state. When a country is in the state that George left it in, they look to leadership. What Hayley doesn't understand is that our president is campaigning for the american people. If all of the people were really actually allowed to vote Haley would be out. If he has his way Mississippi would still has a poll tax.

    February 22, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Il Voter

    so what?

    February 22, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Lisa

    I appreciate that the president continues to travel and visit with his constituents. It's important that he listens to what people across the country have to say. With our last president, if he wasn't in DC, he was on vacation at his ranch.

    February 22, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Ed Weekly

    You really need to fire the jerk that writes your headlines. "Obama in perpetual campaign, governor says" Should have been "Obama in perpetual campaign, GOP governor says", especially since Babour was the head of the RNC. Pretty Shoddy work.

    February 22, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. bob in LA

    As a ooposed to Republicans that can only say no or bash anything proposed by a Democrat- all done for political reasons.
    One 6 year tem for President- one 8 year tem for Senators admone 4 year term for the House- no more politic for re-election and no more campaigning while working!

    February 22, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Eric

    The GOP really has some guts to say Obama is in a "perpetual campaign." After all, this is the same party that Karl Rove and his poodle, George W. Bush, tried to estabilsh as a permanent majority, only to screw it up with a needless war in a Iraq, a mismanaged war in Afghanistan, and an inept domestic response to Hurricane Katrina. Obama is cleaning up their mess and will set this country straight again!

    February 22, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Gerda Edwards

    WRT Ray Fischer @ 11:22:

    If the Dems would play well with others and help then President Bush end the wars, instead of opposing him at every turn, we could have worked together to balance the budget by 2010 and begin to prosper. Now we'll be recovering from borrowing money each week like drunks on a holiday . If they don't want the stimulus, then their states' citizens shouldn't have to repay the bills, so they don't have to take any of it!!!!!

    February 22, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Paul

    This might be viewed as a campaign by some, but Obama's trying to get others to adopt his ideas and come to the middle instead of writing policy in a backroom somewhere with industry 'experts' and hiding the details.

    February 22, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. mary

    Looks to me he has become addicted to the adulation. He will do the same job as President as he did in the Senate which is not much. If he was for the people, he would have done something as Senator instead of having a good ole time on the campaign trail.

    How much has he spent on Air Force One so far?

    February 22, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Ed E.

    Sorry Mr. Barbour, I believe it is called working at the job you were hired to do! Are you doing the same? Go do your job for your State and the disadvantage people that you claim you serve! Give the America people a break on the Republican rhetoric.

    February 22, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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