“The political environment for Republicans this first half of April, 2010, is better than it was the first half of April 1994,when we won 54 seats in the House, took control of the House, the Senate, [and] more than 30 governorships,” Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.
Barbour told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that Republicans would again retake control of the House and the Senate if the election were held now. “The problem is the election is not today,” he explained.
Explaining his comparative analysis of 2010 and 1994, Barbour also told Crowley that the favorable environment in 1994 “developed later, developed in a little bit different way.”
“The people in this country are very agitated,” Barbour said of the current political environment, “Republicans are energized. And independents are talking like, thinking like, and planning to vote like Republicans.”
In addition to being a former RNC chairman, Barbour is the current chairman of the Republican Governors Association and is considered one of the most influential members of the GOP as the party regroups following its losses in the 2008 elections.