May 14th, 2010
02:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Barbour: 2010 is the election that matters

Barbour said conservatives should focus on 2010.
Barbour said conservatives should focus on 2010.

(CNN) - The chairman of the Republican Governors Association used his speech at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association Friday to rally support not for gun rights, but for energized involvement in this year's midterm elections.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told conservatives at the gathering that they should not have their sights set on 2012 as the time to retake political control of the country. Instead, Barbour said, conservatives should focus on 2010.

"This year's an enormous election," Barbour told the gathering of 2nd Amendment rights activists.

Although the anti-incumbent, anti-Washington mood of the country would seem to help conservatives and the GOP in the next six months, Barbour warned conservatives not to become complacent.

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"I want to remind you that this election is not until November – that it is not a foregone conclusion that we're going to win," he said. "It is not foreordained that everybody who is for us today is going to be for us in November. Or that everybody who is for us today is actually going to vote in November."

So, Barbour told the gathering, that he had one message for them.

"We can't wait 'til 2012 to start taking our country back," the former chairman of the Republican National Committee said to applause. "This year's election is the election that matters."


Barbour noted that 37 governorships will be decided in November along with the congressional midterm elections.

He added, "These elections matter enormously and they will set the field, the tone for the 2012 election. We've got to start winning now to start getting our country turned back around."

Echoing many of the criticisms conservatives have leveled at the Obama administration and the Democratically-controlled Congress, Barbour slammed the amount of federal spending that has occurred at Democrats hands in the past 16 months. He implored the gathering to focus on electing officials in November who support conservative policies that would lead to more limited government, less taxes, less spending, and a more "rational" approach to regulation.

And Barbour, who lead the RNC when the GOP took control of Congress in the 1994 midterms, also said Friday that he thought the political environment in 2010 was better than it was 16 years ago.


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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Bullets are only for Bullies

    "We can't wait 'til 2012 to start taking our country back," the former chairman of the Republican National Committee said to the NRA to applause. "This year's election is the election that matters."

    ...not mentioned: Then they all fired their guns into the air like a group of Taliban militants and wildly danced around.

    You wonder what Barbour's concept of 'take our country back' is? Everyone with concealed weapons and no police because his 'tax cuts' forced the police to lay everyone off?
    The lack of intelligence in these 'old boy' gatherings is staggering.....they would close schools, not repair roads, turn seniors into the streets, and cut law enforcement....JUST to say they spent less money.

    May 14, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Anthony Beasley

    What is this "Taking our Country back"! That's the kind of talk that sounds crazy and racist!

    May 14, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Plain Truth

    It dosnt matter who gets elected, serving the interests of big business is all the candidates are doing any more. The middle class is all but gone, soon the United States will join mexico as a failed state and we will all have to flee to Canada for jobs, Greed will kill capitalism.

    May 14, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. CR

    Desperation. Barbour knows the Republican Party is absolute toast in 2012. Take the country back indeed. No thanks!

    May 14, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Michael

    "...taking OUR country back"..?
    I thought it belonged to all Americans, not just Republicans and the fatcats who bribe them.
    Obviously they disagree, which is OK with me. The feudal system is dead; they just don't know it yet. Entitlement for the idle class – corporate welfare – is on borrowed time.

    May 14, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Every election matters as does every vote. I don't like this "this election matters" kind of crap. We all need to be more educated and aware of what is going on in government. We all need to vote as well. We as Americans should be embarressed that 70% percent turn out is extraordinary. That should be a low turn out for the US.

    May 14, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Coloradan

    Take the country back? Take it back to where Mr. Barbour? Back to 700,000 lost jobs a month? Back to an economy in recession and heading toward depression? Before we let you take us back to those days, maybe your party should apologize for getting us into that mess in the first place.

    May 14, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Mike

    EXACTLY. Change is in the air and demorats and RINO's will blown out of DC by the winds of the new change we can believe in. I cannot wait for the mid term elections to fumigate DC.

    May 14, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. JFS

    If "Taking Our Country Back(what ever that means ??)" Is suggesting that we return to the 2001-2008 era NO THANKS !!! That phony smoke and mirrors financial course RUINED OUR COUNTRY you idiot. Probably did not affect Mississippi much...not much to lose there !!! Total US tax revenue from that state is about 1/4 of that just fron NYC.

    May 14, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Duck Fallas

    Elitist, right wing, bed-wetting cowards.

    Treasonous, anti-American traitors.

    May 14, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. PK California

    If you really want to win, it's time you dumped all of the idiots you have speaking on your behalf, starting with most on FOX! Next is Palin! I can't believe you people have her as your spokesperson. She knows nothing about anything and is traveling around the country professing to be an authority on everything! You are supposed to be the party of the intelectual class and yet you have Boso the Clown backing candidates and spouting on all issues. WAKE UP!

    May 14, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. krb

    The south remains infamous for producing the dumbest, most ignorant tweets, and Haley is one of the leaders of the pact, what a dumb son of gun!

    May 14, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Mike Mc

    2nd amendment= The only amendment those yokels care about.

    May 14, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Adam in Colorado

    I like my guns. But I hate my Republicans. The NRA has become a one party organization.

    May 14, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    We, the American people, took our country back when we ousted the Nazi dicatatorish Bush regime. We, the American people, took our country back when we elected a president who understood what a Constitution was and how it important is.

    The GOP does NOT OWN THIS COUNTRY!
    We, the American people, own this country, and we don't want the GOP anywhere near Washington!

    May 14, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. addon

    Get a life Gov "pointey hat wearing" Barbour-arian-nation. The Obama administration is yet to push one piece of legislation for gun control. I still have mine and haven't been told or even asked to turn it in...and I'm what you would term a "librul"

    Secondly, if your "butt buddy" lil shrub and been watching the store instead of seeking an oil grab in that death trap called Iraq, it wouldn't have been necessary for President Obama to save this country from a second depression.

    Its idiot racists that get the most attention in this country these days.

    May 14, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. greg morris in jacksonville, fl

    Barbour is in denial about the oil spill in the gulf and about the support of the GOP.

    Another thing that he apparently doesnt know, is that the more he and others like him run his mouth, the more of us will show up in November to prove him wrong...... I cant wait til November.

    Rubio will Fail.

    May 14, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Ron

    Take "our" country back. LOL. With statements like, you'll get landslided out again in no time. I wonder what makes these old timers think that the same people that voted Obama and democratic congress in are not going to go the same thing in November and 2012. Why don't they understand that we are not going to "give the country back" to the people that caused this disaster.

    May 14, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. NVa Native

    Why should everyone have a gun?
    More evidence of the fact that the Repubs only care about corporations and their lobyists.
    Why are the Repubs so afraid of everything?? Bunch of pussies.

    May 14, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Jennifer Long

    Republicans are disgusting.

    May 14, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. FactCheck

    He is right... 2010 is about the only thing that the GOP can focus on because their typical fear-mongering isn't going to be worth diddly in 2012 as the economy starts turning for the better.

    May 14, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. mitchyj

    Gov Barbour's memory has apparently failed him. It was his party that set this country back on its heels, economically, socially and morally.
    The country he wants to take back I want no part of.

    May 14, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Larry

    "..........2012 to start taking our country back"

    Barbour, you and the rest of the Republican Party have given our country over to special interests....bankers, oil companies, insurance companies.

    Guess what moron, President Obama is fixing your mess. Do you think we're going to give it back to you?

    May 14, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. diridi

    These GOP thugs give hard time in passing Financial reform, and Aim for next elections??? What a pity. I decided to vote for "DEMOCRATS" next elections too....it is a true statement. Pass financial reform and climate reform, and immigration, then talk, idiots...ok. Our nation needs desperately these reforms.

    May 14, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Darrel from Denver

    "Take our country back"????

    This is the problem with the folks on this side of the political spectrum. They see it as "their'" country and the rest of us only live in it at their discretion and MUST play by their rules.

    When we give the country to them, we will know the Nazi party has risen once again.

    May 14, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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