April 16th, 2009
03:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Barbour: Congressional GOP, governors coming together

Gov. Barbour said Thursday that the relationship between the GOP's governors and congressional leaders is the best it has been in at least a decade.
Gov. Barbour said Thursday that the relationship between the GOP's governors and congressional leaders is the best it has been in at least a decade.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Relations between Republican governors and congressional GOP leaders is the best it has been in at least a decade, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Thursday in a conference call with reporters.

Barbour, vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association, singled out former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole for reaching out to governors during the 1990s, but noted that the state and national GOP leaders "sort of drifted away" from each other over the past 10 years. The Mississippi governor delivered the Republican weekly address in March.

Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, also said the RGA and the RNC are "like-minded" in that both campaign organizations are focused on the 2010 midterm elections.

"I do think the RNC agrees with us at RGA that we don't need to talk about anything past 2010," Barbour said.

Next year, one-third of the Senate and the entire House will be up for election, and 36 gubernatorial races will take place. This year, two gubernatorial races are scheduled in New Jersey and Virginia.

And when asked if recent news stories about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, had been a distraction, Barbour said he didn't think so.


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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Todd

    They have been together.....Mccain won 49%. So even the turn out yesterday was quite dissappointing!

    April 16, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Bill

    GOP have been overexposed of their lies....

    Next stop, Got nothing!

    April 16, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Peejay

    Now if we could only get the RNC and RGA to agree that talking about 2009 would be a good idea.

    April 16, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Briana the college sudent

    Virginia please vote Democrat this year. We are doing so much better than our neighboring Republican states.

    April 16, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Chris

    Trying extra hard to stay relevant...

    April 16, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    The face of the GOP is an overpaid talk show host, an Obama wanna be, and a fake plumber that can't even pay his taxes yet the party is coming together. I hope the GOP DOES come together because we need a strong two party system in our country but until they shed the latter image I mentioned they will still be viewed as a second rate regional party and that's not what we need.

    April 16, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. KLK

    Haley's state ranks first in everything bad (infant mortality) and last in everything good (education). He needs to focus solely on fixing that.

    April 16, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Mississippi Mike

    True, the only way to unseat the Democrats will be to put forth a united front. It's been done before and needs to happen again.

    April 16, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. WE Shall Overcome

    who cares if the say no to everything rePUBIC party are getting along? People are losing jobs and homes...what is your solution?

    April 16, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Dutc/Bad Newz, VA

    Obviously there is some kind of consencus amongst the RNC and the RGA. Both of them agree to just say NO.

    April 16, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    Great. Come together but don't forget the vast majority of the Senators too. Come together and implant their "Just say no" chips so they veto anything that the Democrats/President offers outright. I will omit the 3 GOP'ers (Snowe/Collins/Specter) at least for now since they're showing some cajones and are therefore targets of fat boy and his army of lemmings

    April 16, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Joshua

    A tobacco lobbyist governor who won't raise the cigarette tax.

    April 16, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. DT

    O boy...hope they lose every single race and most people (Not votin Repub) will voice their opinion of being tired of these fools...

    April 16, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Some guy

    Sounds like they're circlin' the wagons to me. Have a nice day!

    April 16, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Terry from GA

    I doesn't make a difference that the relationships of the GOP are improving. They don't have a message that resonates amongst the "working class" of this country. It's all smoke and mirrors and "no" substance.

    April 16, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. katiec

    Well good. The republicans are coming together. Now if they
    can get their heads on straight and stop inciting anger, hate, unrest and division of our country it would be worth the headlines.
    It is hard to believe any honorable politican can support their actions.
    Maybe the governors can have some leverage and put a stop to it,
    as they all appear to be more responsible to the people.

    April 16, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. BACK TO THE FUTURE

    Haley Barbour and Newt Gingrich are the new (OLD) spokespersons for the Republican party. They really are devoid of ideas.

    April 16, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    If 'the RGA and the RNC are "like-minded"" in going on with the Big Government, borrow-and-spend, narrow-minded, bigoted, neo-con philosophies of recent years, it's not going to do them any good at all.

    If they decide to go back to the philosophies of Goldwater and start paying attention to Ron Paul, they'll get my support, financial and otherwise. Until then, I'm not going to waste my time or my money on them.

    April 16, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Maggie from Virginia

    I'm with you Briana the college sudent... We must work at every level to defeat the GOP.

    April 16, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. tfc

    A gathering of fools.

    April 16, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. tornado1972

    Sounds like the confederates are coming together again with almost the same cover and the same issues. Second class citizens and people of a different race. Sure they have tokens but we all have flashbacks of the ugly pictures during the election. With the silly talk coming out of the govs of texas, S.C. and Ms. to name a few.

    And these tea parties are a shame and just not true and these people need to be called on this matter

    April 16, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Babar is a moron.

    April 16, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Why are they coming together? Based on Mr. Barbour's photo, it appears for the purpose of pushing their collective cholesterol levels and body fat contents to new highs. The whole party looks like Rush Limbaugh, hasn't seen its feet in years.

    Who cares?

    April 16, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Until the Republicans stop letting old, southern, white haired
    guys speak for the party they will stay in trouble.
    Hey guys, its the 21 century .

    April 16, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Lori

    Who cares if the GOP is 'getting along'. What matters is if people will vote for them in droves again. Look at NY-20. The military isn't even voting overwhelming Republican anymore, not to forget women young people, minorities, etc.

    Hey Repubicans: Jobless claims are down. Why aren't you guys attributing that to the President as you do when they are going up???

    April 16, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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