May 14th, 2010
02:18 PM ET
5 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. Grant

    "We can't wait 'til 2012 to start taking our country back." This seems to be a popular phrase among far right conservatives in the Republican party. I didn't realize many Republicans think they own the country. I don't recall it being "stolen" or "taken". Seems to me, another party simply happened to win the last national election.

    May 14, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Rob in NC

    Tell me again moron, who put the country in the crapper in the 1st place? What makes you think you racist, money grubbing, big corporation lapdogs are going to "turn the country around".

    May 14, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Houston Mom

    Sorry Mr. Barbour Americans have had enough of the race-baiting, homophobic, gun-toting bigots that run the GOP. We prefer to elect truly decent people from now on. Now run along to your country club where you can safely make your slur-filled jokes in the company of your friends.

    May 14, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. JohnRJ08

    Haley Barbour– part of the group of good old white boys in the South who are absolutely apoplectic that a black man is sitting in the White House. When are these relics of the 19th century going to fade away?

    May 14, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Bill

    Yeah! Let's take "our" country back and make it one big Mississippi!

    You know, last in everything.

    Gee, I just can't wait.

    May 14, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. El Gordo

    Shoot a "No Trespassing" sign for Christ.

    May 14, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Alex in Wisconsin

    Ok, remind me again, who are they taking the country back from again? I only ask because it seems to be a rallying cry for disgruntled white guys that are mad that minority people are rising up in society. It makes no sense to talk about taking the country back from liberals since liberals are just as american as conservatives and have been part of the fabric of American society for many generations. unfortunately, it makes more sense that the cry to take back America is race based because although we have had many liberal presidents, never have we had one who was african american.

    All the lame excuses for bashing this presidency ignores the fact that every substaintive criticism of the president's policies were also done during the Bush administration. You know something's wrong when you have liberal democrats for years complaining about expanding the size of government, especially of the executive branch. taxes are currently at the lowest levels in generations. I just don't get it.

    I really hope i can find a conservative who can explain things without being hypocritical or name calling. Hyperbole about Obama being the most radical president ever doesn't really count as an arguement.

    May 14, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Jim

    It's not "Your Country", Mr. Barbour. It belongs to every citizen. No matter how much money you spend to convince me otherwise. The people of this country spoke against the right-wing authoritarian regime of GW 2 years ago. We still remember what you did to our country. You try to hide behind "fiscal responsibility", but we all know that's a lie. This administration has finally started the economical recovery the country has needed. Either offer something helpful, which your party has NOT done, or get out of the way.

    May 14, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Barbour said in 2012 the GOP can start taking the country back.

    Whence have we gone? Have we moved to another planet because no one told me. . .

    The GOP is toast! I'm so tired of out touch of rich, old, white southern men? They've been stinking up the country with that "old man" smell for too long. They are seriously freaking me out.

    May 14, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. ANDROLOMA

    Americans are foolish enough to choose between only two forms of corruption. Therefore, they continue to receive the types of garbage they continue to elect. Liberals are for the elite. Conservatives are for the elite. What this country needs is less political accomodations for society's elite. They don't work anyway, and never get anything done.

    Until America goes back to recognizing their hard-working manual laborers, you will always see doom just off the horizon. The aristocracy fear everything they don't understand. And rightly so.

    May 14, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Leslie

    Complacent! What a joke! All they do is WHINE and loud too!!!!!

    May 14, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Dale

    I used to be a Republican. Now I am an Independent. I might go back to being a Republican if they ever learn to moderate their views, ignore the extreme voices from the far right wingnuts. If they learned to care about people other than themselves, that would be good too.

    May 14, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Bessie

    " Take our country back. "
    Oh, the country only belongs to the conservatives I guess since he refers to " our country " when he speaks on how Republicans have to get out there and vote for the good old white guys.
    This is the USA and it belongs to all citizens not just you Republican bozo's. Too bad ! You had your chance and hopefully it will be a long, long time until you have another.

    May 14, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. WHO CARES

    Barbour I don't think the American people is this stupid.

    The republicans want to be back in power so bad, until they are eating their own like guppies. Let’s review. They stole the elections in 2000 through the Supreme Court. Daddy Bush made sure he had the right judges on the court for his oilman son, idiot Bush.

    Cheney the oilman, was pick to head Bushes VP pick for venting purpose. Cheney couldn’t find anybody, so idiot Bush picks Cheney (how convenient).

    2001 we had 9-11 WTC destroyed, we go to war in Afghanistan. We capture all of Bin Laden’s aids. No Bin Laden! Question: if we caught all of Bin Laden aids, who is protecting Bin Laden?

    2003 idiot Bush drag troops into the Iraq war looking for so call weapons of mass destruction. What a joke this was. Many of soldiers died, disfigured/mangle, children left with out parents and all over a lie.

    2004 idiot Americans put idiot Bush back in office through his scar tactics. In these next 4 years we all know what happen. Housing market crashed, millions of people unemployed, national debt rise to a level of trillions of dollars, when idiot Bush was left with a surplus.
    Bush ran the white house from the ranch and the gulf course.

    2008 the American people selected President Obama to clean up idiot Bush’s manure.

    2009 until present, some American people think that President Obama was to run the country without finances. You tell me how the heck he was supposed to do this, (Bunch of idiots). Let’s get real. This country is in bad shape. Americans need to be a part of the solutions instead of being part of the problem.

    We allowed and idiot 8 years to create this mess, but we don’t have patients enough to allow this president time to clean this mess up.
    Nobody was out here marching while Bush was doing his damage.

    I’m sick of you people talking about how you were the one who put President Obama in office, so your agenda suppose to happen instantly. Get in line and wait your turn. We all put him in office that voted for him. You can be stupid if you want to and put those republicans back in charge. But I will not be in that number. American please tell me we are not this stupid.

    All the republicans have is NO, NO, NO and NO! So lets give them their NO in November at the polls.

    May 14, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Dale

    Am I the only one that is getting really sick of loaded propaganda phrases like "take our country back", "government takeover" or "death panels"? Can we please have a debate that is based on some form of logic or emotion other than FEAR?

    May 14, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    What's this guy flapping his gums about?
    Take the country back from what or whom?
    Yet another bloviating old gas bag flapping vitriolic nonsense.
    I'm going to vomit now.

    May 14, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Mark

    He says this just after the republicans met with oil company executives to make plans to help them in the public relations nightmare they currently find themselves in. This is all done in exchange for campaign donations and payoffs.

    May 14, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Jane in WI

    Republicans=
    Anti-choice
    Racist
    Anti-women's equal rights
    Keep the poor uneducated and slaves to the rich
    Anti-government except where it fits their agenda (abortion)
    Anti-compassion

    Why the heck would I EVER vote republican?

    May 14, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. richard

    the president hadn't even laided his hand on the bible, and it was people like your gov barbour's that were setting traps and he wasn't even out the gate....... your mcconnell's , boheners and others... syrup palin who is trying desperately to undermine the " womans vote" while the male repub's have been somewhat effective -- of turning the anger on the democrats for what cheney and bush his admin and others started. blind rage when it was cheney and bush who gave the tarp money to the banks first. these people don't want the truth they just see color. the hell w/ the truth. this is to syrup palin. IF YOU SEE ME IN A BEAR FIGHT GIVE THE BEAR A RAZOR..... blues song ie; little milton..... lets see whos wolf'n in NOV.

    May 14, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    "Government is evil and doesn't work......so you should put us back in charge of it....."

    May 14, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Daph

    Take it back? Why you didnt destroy our country enough, could there be anything left you didnt destroy, you held congress for 12 years, and the white house for 8 years? How can you THINK for one instant our country was better back then ? Read up on the facts of what kind of condition you left our nation.. The GOP has such short memories, its been 1 year and they have forgotten how they left things... No way !!!

    May 14, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Dan, TX

    We took our country back in 2008, thank you very much. The republicans doing a great job of rallying the democrats for 2010. The exaggeration/lies of the republicans can fool a lot of people, but I hope they won't fool enough.

    May 14, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. ART

    Racist red neck from Mississippi says what?

    May 14, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Dale

    They're coming to take my guns, ha ha, they're coming to take my guns!! To the funny farm where the grass is green ho hoo

    Sorry... forgot my meds today. ;)

    May 14, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Jeff

    This is a prime example of Republican ignorance. Barbour,instead of worrying about a election 7 months from now, worry about getting your state out of the bottom of the list poorest, dependent states in the nation

    May 14, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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