May 14th, 2010
02:18 PM ET
8 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. emmett brown

    What do you mean by take our Country back, I hear this from all the Rep's. The Dem are hear to stay and we will not let people like Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour decide how things are ran... Yeah let go back to the Bush years this is when all of you were the happies.. Big Oil and Big Business had a good time......

    May 14, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Mike

    "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."

    until then just continue to say "No" to all solutions to all problems.

    May 14, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Mr. Moderate

    Again Gov Barbour, how about your side provide some SPECIFICS. I am all for "less spending" and "less taxes", but how SPECIFICALLY do you do that? Both Reagan and Bush cut taxes without cutting spending and have accounted for the bulk of the debt we carry today. So before you cut taxes, what SPECIFICALLY do you cut from the budget. You won't do it by eliminating waste, welfare and foreign aide, they are small parts of the budget. Will you allow the Northrop Grumman shipyards in Mississippi to be shuttered if the Pentagon decides they don't need the ships produced there? This require all of us to sacrifice. What SPECIFICALLY are the Republicans willing to sacrifice. We're waiting.....

    May 14, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Haley (who should be our next president) is right. Focus on 2010, get the job done and show Obozo for what he really is and then save the country for good in 2012. If we can elect enough straight thinkers in 2010, we won't turn in to another financial basket case like Greece by 2012 and we will have something to save.

    May 14, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. PalmReader

    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.
    Sure, Barbour. Whatever.

    Now would be a good time for GOPers to explain why . . .if all that is republican is so great for this country . . . is it that democrats are always called upon to clean up republican economic messes?

    I know GOPers LOVE pointing their finger at the current administration, but geesh as great a President as Obama is, creating an economic recession when NOT president is a stretch, even by GOP standards. As is crediting Pelosi and Reid for the 2007 recession when they only gained control of Congress IN 2007.

    The GOPers have had control of this country 20 of the past 30 years. This is the third recession a democratic president has had to mop up after them. Unfortunately for America, each republican caused recession is worse than the last.

    Sorry, GOPers. I don't think America can take much more republican control.

    May 14, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Marge

    The American People are not fooled. For a group of politiicians who have consistantly blocked legislation, appointments tried to trash the whole legislative process who in the devil would want them to stay in office. With the likes of Bachmann, Palin and others calling for hate, violence and bodily harm to Democrats they should be in jail instead of running for office. Don't think REAL Americans don't know the difference between the media giving all the space and promoting the lies of such hate and racist groups as the tea bags. The five percent of the population who are dumb, stupid and ignorant and are the pep rally for big business and discrimination don't out count the 95% who know the difference. Republicans will be clobbered in 2010 because the Democrats out number Republicans and THEY ARE NOT GOING TO STAY AWAY FROM THE POLLS.

    May 14, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. th

    What a bunch of hypocrits. "Take our country back from who"? What do they think we were over run by another country. Pathetic, real pathetic.

    May 14, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Arizona Republican

    As Republicans we should demand lower taxes, less government, a new copy of Obama's birth certificate, there is no such thing as global warming, TARP was bad unconditionally, Wall Sreeet problems were caused by the hugh deficit and national debt, stop illegals at the border, everyone should be allowed open carry and only support candidates who are stongly opposed to the current adimistration!!!
    WE should not compromise... THEY need to be taught a lesson.

    May 14, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Don

    number of guns taken away – 0
    number of freedoms taken away – 0
    number iof death panels created – 0

    number of fearful Republicans Teapartiers and Beckonites – priceless

    May 14, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. stevegee

    The war to retake our country from the progressives/socialists began with the Tea Party last year.

    2010 is the major offensive to push them back into retreat - vote American, vote Republican!

    May 14, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Unfortunately, Gov. Barbour, your party has clearly established itself as the Anti party. The only idea they have come up with has been the proposal to dismantle the Health Care reform signed into law. How are they going to explain to people who now cannot be denied health care coverage, or to seniors who have had the Medicare "donut hole" closed that they should vote for Republicans to get rid of this piece of legislation!
    While I have been a registered Democrat since '72 and have voted in every primary, general and special election everywhere I have lived since then, I do not limit my votes to Democratic candidates. When I like what a Republican candidate stands for more than the Democrat, that person gets my vote.
    I want to hear what the Republicans want to do about the environment (not more study is needed), crime and law enforcement (not longer sentences for less serious crimes), getting assault weapons off the streets (sorry, NRA, but a Tec-9, Uzi, AK-47 or M-16 has only one function – to kill people), spiraling medical costs (I concede this is partly due to litigation, so I do favor tort reform) and eroding civil liberties (anyone remember "stare decisis"?).
    I also want all candidates to remember what Tip O'Neill said back in the day, "All politics is local." I don't want or need people from outside my state telling me who I should vote for, just like I think our celebrities (or what passes for them, political or otherwise) from CT should be telling folks in other states who they should vote for, either. Ok, the Presidential elections are different, but I want to know what the candidates for CT-1 plan on doing for CT-1, not what organizations back them; I want to know what the candidates for the Senate in CT plan on doing for CT in the Senate; etc.

    May 14, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. David

    And here is the problem with the parties we have to choose from and the problem with this country. "We can't wait 'til 2012 to start taking our country back," the former chairman of the Republican National Committee. So it is your country, I thought it was the Peoples country? It sounds like the People need to take it back from GOP big mouths like yourself.

    May 14, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. The other G. W.

    Here's a rallying cry for the GOP – SHUT UP!!!
    We're sick of Sarah Palin, Rush, Glen Back, Steele – all of you!
    Bitter. Biggotted. Morons!

    May 14, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. mike

    hey look the republicans are becoming real disparate to look for voters
    they are now running to NRA for votes the problem not all of the
    members are conservatives but they want the american public to see them that way look lets get real they bank on being the party of no and it
    failed the american public sees that and they realized that no one really
    cares what they say fox news is loosing its ratings and the american
    people are tired of the same old crap that comes out of there mouth day after day

    May 14, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Elizabeth

    "...taking our country back," he said. Get this straight, it's not only your country! It's everyone's country. This exclusionary illogic and shrill emotion is what's dividing not uniting us. The handshake is stronger than the fist, or "No." or the middle finger.

    May 14, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Like Pres. Barack Obama said - they don't get the keys back.

    The GOP drove us drunkenly into a financial ditch (can anybody say 11B a month for TWO WARS for 9 years?) and we don't even have the vehicle all the way out of the ditch yet – big oil is taking it's toll and profits – banks have their bonuses –

    NO KEYS – you don't know how to drive !!!

    May 14, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Will

    Go GOP!

    May 14, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Future expat

    "We can't wait 'til 2012 to start taking our country back"

    Ok, I've been asking this for two years, so pardon me if I get a little irate, but WHO THE HELL ARE YOU TAKING IT BACK FROM?!?! A real answer please, not "encroaching socialism" or "radical liberals" or some other FOX/GOP/TEA talking point.

    May 14, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Insanity!

    "Start taking the country back" is an appropriate comment for this band of robber barons. Unless the American people are totally ignorant or have very short memories, there has been a "planned" destruction of the middle class starting wuth Reagan and as implemented through the Fed's monetary policy under Greenspan ...
    "Quietly steal the accumulated wealth of the middle class" through
    easy credit (with higher interest rates later!) while destroying the manufacturing base of this once great country with the loss of millions of decent paying jobs. Let's just push paper as a nation ....
    while the nation's assets are rapidly taken over by the "annointed" ones. This blame applies to all members of the "House of Lords" ; i.e., Senate. Only the House of Representatives has ever "represented" the people of this country.

    May 14, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. glarn skeebleman

    Ya hafta grudgingly admire their determination to promote their agenda in the face of 8 long and recent years proving their near total inability to govern this country effectively. If they were honest they'd at least acknowledge that what they really want is the opportunity to fulfill the unfinished objectives of the incompetent and disastrous Bush administration.

    Ok, you dont have to admire anything about them...

    May 14, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. william

    It is so unfortunate that the GOP is really,really hoping that the country fails to recover this years. The GOP cares more about their party than they care about the country. You can tell this is their attitude by the way they deny any favorable news about the economy.

    May 14, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Steve

    Give it a rest. No one is going to take your gun. Stop the nonsense.

    May 14, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Steve in Oregon

    Take "our" country back? Who the hell does this clown think he is to speak for all Americans? Oooops. I get it it. He's addressing a bunch of right-wing gun freaks.

    May 14, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Right! This administration will learn that arrogantly playing God is a dangerous game! 😦

    May 14, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    they better get something done because of course Obama is going to take everybody's guns away from them.

    May 14, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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